What is EcoClipper?
We are a new company led by sail cargo expert Captain Jorne Langelaan that is developing and launching a line of emission-free, square-rigged ships. We are taking lessons learnt from cargo by sail’s rich history, aiming to scale up the successes of the newly emerged sailing cargo ships.

EcoClipper500 prototype

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 clippers are still the best craft for carrying cargo across oceans emission free.


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?
The EcoClipper 500 prototype is engineless. This means saving space for cargo and the maximum possible level of sustainability. We will therefore enforce the highest standards of seamanship of our crews and provide a great platform for sail training. We will have contact with local tugboat companies when necessary for moving in and out of port 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.

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/

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 EcoClipper 500 prototype will have a maximum of 12 professional crew, 12 passengers, and 36 trainees. It will be a great way to travel, learn about sailing a square-rigger and be part of a fantastic 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. By adopting sail cargo we can transport goods and people without causing damage to the natural world. It offers those involved a fulfilling experience whilst not disrupting the marine life below.

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