To sailors three things make a ship a clipper: She must have sharp lines built for speed. She must be tall sparred and be propelled by the largest possible spread of canvas. She must use that sail, day and night, fair weather and foul.
Alan Villiers – Australian sailor, author and photographer.
A traditionally built, general sail cargo ship
The ship will be a steel replica of the Dutch clipper ship, Noach. Originally built in 1857 in Kinderdijk. Noach has been called the fastest Dutch sailing vessel ever! The EcoClipper prototype500 will be the first of a fleet of fast, traditionally built, emission-free cargo packet ships. A packet ship carries cargo and passengers on a regular schedule.
She will sail the deep sea routes: transatlantic, trans-pacific, across Asia (eastern route) and globally. She will have three square-rigged masts, with a total sail area of 976 m2. This state-of-the-art sailing vessel will be an exemplar of ultimate sustainability and seaworthiness.
m2 Sail Area
This depth of hold allows for a tween (middle) deck under the upper deck. This makes the ECOCLIPPER500 especially suitable for carrying combinations of cargo, passengers and trainees.
She will be built in steel with modern construction techniques. The passenger cabins and saloon aft will be furnished with the finest carpentry. The living quarters for the crew and trainees will be more functional, but also built to high standards using natural materials.
Total on board
The optimal combination of dimensions and capacity will enable for the clippers to moor, discharge and load in harbours with limited infrastructure. Thanks to the large crew, the yards, rigging, and capstan, the cargo can be worked independently in such ports.
The three masts and square rig, combined with a well-balanced underwater body, will give this prototype the maximum possible propulsion an emission-free ship can achieve. It guarantees maximal sustainability.