Inspenet, May 11, 2023
The EcoClipper shipping company, a pioneer in the use of sailing cargo ships, has set sail for the first time from Amsterdam to Porto on its maiden voyage. The company, founded in 2018, is dedicated to zero-carbon maritime freight transport, using sailing cargo ships to reduce its environmental impact and foster a more sustainable future.
The vessel used for the maiden voyage was De Tukker, a modernized sailing ship built in 1912, capable of carrying between 50 and 70 tons of cargo and 12 crew members. During the first voyage, De Tukker carried a crew of 10 and a cargo of Dutch chocolates.
EcoClipper founder and CEO Jorne Langelaan stated that the maiden voyage was the next step towards a return to large-scale sailing at sea. After a year of repairs carried out by his own team and the crew of the Talsma shipyard, Langelaan said it was a great pleasure to see De Tukker sailing towards the horizon.
EcoClipper will produce its own cargo ships
The company plans to produce its own cargo ships called the EcoClipper500 to accompany the modernized vessels. These boats will be able to transport up to 48 people and 500 tons of cargo.
De Tukker will ship to various ports in Northern and Western Europe, including the main ports of Amsterdam, Porto and London.
With this initiative, EcoClipper seeks to promote sustainable maritime transport, reducing the carbon footprint and contributing to the fight against climate change. The company is open to expanding its route in the future, and with the production of its own cargo ships, it seeks to increase its impact on the maritime industry.
Source : https://gcaptain.com/sail-powered-shipping-company-ecoclipper-on-maiden-voyage/
Photo : EcoClipper
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