For nearly 10 years we have shipped cargo across the ocean by the power of the wind only!
In 2007, three friends began a shipping company. While sailing on the Dutch barque Europa, Arjen, Andreas & Jorne saw the beauty and power of great sailing ships that use only the wind as a means of propulsion. They decided to create the world’s first modern “emission free” shipping company, based in the Netherlands. Originally named the “Stichting Atlantis Zeilende Handelsvaart”, the company has grown into what is now known simply as “Fairtransport”.
After the restoration of the brigantine Tres Hombres, the ship was added to the fleet of Fairtransport in Transatlantic Emission Free Freight Service to the Caribbean, from Europe. As the world’s only Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship, she has become famous in her own right. The company has since expanded, with plans to put a 3 masted clipper ship, The Spirit of Rotterdam, into service.
It is the prime intention of Fairtransport to sail cargo emission free, with a focus on transporting special products which are organic, or crafted traditionally – such as Olive Oil, Wine and Rum. In addition, to raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution created by the modern shipping industry and affect positive change in the way goods are shipped around the world.
Recently Fairtransport refitted the wooden ketch Nordlys, built in 1843, which has been put into service in the North Sea & greater Europe. Nordlys promotes emission free shipping in European waters.
Every bottle, bag or barrel showing this sticker supports the Shipping Revolution. ‘A Class’ Products are a shining symbol of a commitment to sustainability and reducing Carbon Emissions. These products are shipped expressly by sail – without engine, enabling a guaranteed 90% pollution reduction!
Pioneering clean cargo shipping
It has become apparent that our ideas – our passion – have turned into an expertise unmatched anywhere else in the world. Our merchant sailing company plays a very important role in the development of sustainable transportation. The knowledge gained in these past years through experience has culminated into an invaluable database of expertise. The Tres Hombres has been an shining example of the existing possibilities for sustainable shipping, and future of sail cargo. Fairtransport is proud be her worldwide agent managing cargo booking & brokerage, trainee booking, local support services, customs & immigration obligations as well as general administration. With extensive experience in traditional ship building including the design, construction and operation of the “schonker” Pierius Magnus (Dutch flat-bottom replica), the conversion of a German minesweeper into the engineless sailing cargo brigantine Tres Hombres and refitting of the oldest sail cargo vessel in the world, Nordlys. Fairtransport is supported by an international network of professional traditional sailors, woodworkers, rigger & shipbuilders.
Become a shipowner
Our ships are publicly owned by shareholders according to the tried and tested model of shareholding developed during the golden age of sail. Shares are sold during the build and restoration to finance each ship. Using this model we have established the re-introduction of sailing cargo ships, and are now expanding to a larger, more commercial scale. The company of each ship is controlled by the shareholders. Annual shareholder meetings are held whereby the company management presents the guiding policies of the company and the financial report of the previous financial year together with the projections for the forthcoming year.
The full rights of the shareholder are described in the deed, available by mail, at your request. Strong sea-trade relations in the expanding organic/bio-dynamic product market have already been established through the exploitation of the Tres Hombres. This niche market is growing, ensuring that future ships in the Fairtransport Line can be put into immediate service sailing cargo. We have ambitious targets for the upcoming years – adding another ship to our roster is just the beginning. Each ship operates as a module of the Fairtransport Shipping Ltd. Invest and support the skills necessary to build, operate & maintain stronger trade relations.