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
Since January 1st 2020, all ships at sea have...
We can see the usefulness of the sailing ship in regards to learning seamanship, self-reliance and teamwork. The popularity of these ships and their historical importance is undisputed. The lessons learned from thousands of years of maritime history are passed down from one crew to the next.
Or the inconvenient truth, about the consequences of not switching back to world transport, by Sail power alone?