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EcoClipper

What is EcoClipper?
EcoClipper is a new company led by sail cargo expert Captain Jorne Langelaan. It will develop and launch a line of emission-free, square-rigged ships. Drawing on the rich sail cargo experience of the team EcoClipper aims to scale up the successes of current sail cargo operators.

EcoClipper500 prototype

Why does the EcoClipper ship have a traditional design?

Cargo has been transported under sail for thousands of years. These working ships developed and culminated in the fast square-rigged clippers of the mid-19th Century. Since the motorisation of freight there have been huge technological advances in sailing boats optimised for sport and pleasure. Although this has led to modern materials and faster, lighter designs, moving cargo requires different technology.

After 25 years on board sail and motor cargo ships, Jorne Langelaan’s experience affirmed that square-rigged clippers are still the best craft for carrying cargo across oceans emission free.

The EcoClipper500 prototype is based on the successful Dutch clipper, Noach. Square-sail rigs have many sails rigged on horizontal ‘yards’. This gives the ship a huge sail area and ensures the sails are both easier to manipulate and subject to minimal wear. EcoClipper500 will have a steel hull – a material familiar to today’s boatyards, which is critical to building the ships quickly. The EcoClipper500 prototype combines old and new methods of construction to create fast and efficient sail cargo ships. Please read our blog post on the prototype here!

Where is the engine?
The EcoClipper 500 prototype is engineless. This saves space for cargo and ensures the maximum level of sustainability. It also demands the highest standards of seamanship in our crews and provides a great platform for sail training. We will employ local tugboat companies for moving in and out of ports, although this will be less than 1% of the sailing time. For our onboard power we will have solar panels, wind turbines and a small emergency generator.

EcoClipper ships will comply with all the regulations set by 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! Fortunately, with the knowledge we have of wind patterns throughout the year, we will be able to plan our routes and avoid being becalmed as much as possible. Check out our post about wind here.

How much cargo will the EcoClipper ship carry?
Each EcoClipper500 will carry 500 tonnes of cargo.
Will I be able to sail on the EcoClipper ships?
Absolutely! An EcoClipper500 prototype will have a maximum of 12 professional crew, 12 passengers and 36 trainees. Being a trainee is a fantastic way to travel, learn how to sail a square-rigger and be part of a worthwhile initiative.

Sail cargo

What is Sail Cargo?
Sail cargo is the use of sailing vessels for transportation of people and cargo around the world. Using the renewable force of the wind, it offers an alternative to fossil fuelled motor vessels.
Why do we need sail cargo?
Sailing is an emission-free mode of transport. Sail cargo ships transport goods and people without causing damage to the natural world. Sail cargo offers those involved a fulfilling experience whilst not disrupting marine life.

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