What is EcoClipper?
Why does the EcoClipper ship have a traditional design?
Cargo has been transported under sail for thousands of years. Through this time the working ships developed, culminating in the fast square-rigged clippers in the mid-19th Century. Since the motorisation of sea freight, sailing boats have seen huge technological advances both in their rig and hull, optimised for sport and pleasure. Although this has led to modern materials and faster, lighter designs, moving cargo requires different technology. After 25 years onboard both sail and motor cargo ships, Jorne Langelaan’s experience affirmed that square-rigged ships are still best suited for carrying cargo across oceans.
The EcoClipper 500 prototype is based on the successful Dutch clipper Noah. Square-sail rigs have many sails rigged on yards which gives the ship a huge sail area whilst ensuring they are easier to manipulate and subject to minimal wear. It will have a steel hull, a material familiar for today’s boatyards which is critical to getting them built quickly. The EcoClipper 500 prototype design is a combination of old and new methods of construction, which in turn will make fast and efficient sail cargo ships. Please read our blog post on the prototype here! https://ecoclipper.org/prototype/
Where is the engine?
Of course, EcoClipper will comply with all the international regulations of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
What if there’s no wind?
Sometimes that does happen, and we will set all the sails we have! But fortunately with the knowledge we have of wind patterns throughout the year, we will be able to plan our routes accordingly and avoid being becalmed as much as possible. Check out our post about wind here: https://ecoclipper.org/News/free-energy/