Sail Cargo Alliance

In May 2015 a fleet of sail cargo ships united under Fairtransport flag and formed the Sail Cargo Alliance.

Brigantine Tres Hombres made her maiden voyage in 2009 to the climate conference in Copenhagen. Since then, year after year she has been sailing down to the West indies and up to Europe, hauling  precious cargoes of cacao, coffee, tea, rum, spices and more. Leaving in her wake: no emissions, and just the wind, for the next ship to use…

Now, we have afleet of sail cargo ships united.In Autumn 2015 the ancient (built in 1873) wooden trawler Nordlys set sail with her first cargo. Since 2015 lugger Grayhound has traded cargo and summer 2016 the famous cargo schooner Avontuur was launched in Germany. The owners of all these ships have now officially agreed to unite under and be promoted by the flag of Fairtransport.

This agreement is one of the final outcomes of meetings in Falmouth in May 2015 with several shipowners, cargo owners, agents and brokers. It means that Fairtransport shipping will coordinate the cargo jobs she is offered, between the ships in the Sail Cargo Alliance. This will make it possible to offer a wider service to cargo owners. Tres Hombres transports trans Atlantic shipments. Grayhound operates in trading area reaching from the English Channel throughout the coastlines of the whole Atlantic ocean region. Avontuur is bound for Australia and will take cargoes to all destinations in between. Nordlys trades throughout coastal routes in European waters.

Freya Hart of Grayhound says: “Onboard Grayhound we are passionate about treading as lightly as possible on our planets resources. This is our first year delivering cargo and with the help of Fairtransport becoming our agent we feel we have the best chance of succeeding.

Capt. Cornelius Bockermann of Avontuur states: “We were convinced, if we were going to make a real difference we needed to merge the relationship between trade and environmental preservation.  For this reason we are excited about partnering with Tres Hombres and the Fairtransport team in pursuit of these common values.”

Jorne Langelaan co founder of Fairtransport adds: “We’ll start working together with several organisations, ship- and cargo owners to create a worldwide network for sustainable transport over sea”.

The Sail Cargo Alliance mission statement

An alliance which unites passionate ship owners, brokers, buyers and producers, working
together with shared beliefs and ethics to create a healthy transport culture.
Transporting products globally under sail ensuring that every stage of the supply chain from
grower to buyer promotes the preservation of the environment for future generations.

To show a direct economic alternative that facilitates trade and shipping, empowering communities
and individuals and ensuring the ability of future generations to enjoy the natural world that sustains

Sourcing authentic, ethically and locally sourced cargo of exceptional quality.

The Story
Stories told by passionate people

Sharing Knowledge
Inspired by the values of the sea we cherish the know how of sailors and shipowners by teaching
others, while doing it.

A romance, an adventure, a journey to unite and inspire people.

The Supply Chain
We advocate a supply chain in line with a human chain that loads a ship by hand, where power
comes from every stage of the process and every person being considered.

Providing a transparent, high quality and reliable service at a fair price that reflects the real value of the journey.

Don’t just talk about it, do it !

Favouring collaboration over competition across the entire supply chain through the organisation of
an alliance.

Using the clean power of the wind we create sustainable and healthy transportation treading as
lightly as we can on the earth’s resources.

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