With our small-scale ships, as soon as we start the engine for propulsion, even for a short distance, we lose in sustainability from the large cargo ships.
This is because these ships have a relatively huge efficiency in the emissions for each cargo/mile unit.
After all, economy of scale can hugely enlarge sustainability.
Finally, sailing a true sailing ship will connect her crew with the natural elements, more effectively than any other propulsion method can acquire.
Installing an engine room with all the systems and regulations which come with it, is a huge investment.
The costs of operation due to fuel, lubrication, maintenance and crew, will become way more, than without it.
Installing an engine really means: to have two separate systems, sail and engine, to manage and pay for.
Captain Jorne Langelaan
Founder and CEO of EcoClipper