I must go down to the seas again,

to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship

and a star to steer her by…

-By John Masefield-

Sign on for a few days…. or Half a Year.

Fairtransport’s mission is to acquaint people with the sea to teach them to be intelligent and responsible global citizens. The Tres Hombres and Nordlys are engineless cargo ships, providing an ideal situation for the training of young seafarers. Due to the rigors and challenges incurred by sailing cargo, sailors learn a wide range of skills and disciplines no longer practiced in the modern Maritime Industry. 

More than traditional sailing knowledge is gained in crossing an ocean… our sailors call  it a life changing event. With only 10 trainees and 5 professional crew, teamwork, communication and trust are a huge part of life on board.

At Sea one learns to co-operate, be self-reliant and develop a respect for the elements.

As a trainee you step onboard on the lowest rung of the ladder. You’ll not feel like a passenger; indeed, you will be part of our crew. You’ll learn safety precautions, ship maintenance, taking the helm, lookout & sail handling. You may aspire to become Able Seaman; learning Marlinespike Seamanship, basic navigation, and manoeuvreing under sail. Eventually, you’ll be experienced enough to become boatswain, which entails leadership, rigging, sail sewing, ship carpentry and square rigging. Due to having no fuel costs, and through the fact that the ship profits from her cargo ventures, you’ll find that our trainee fees are comparatively low for the industry standard.
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Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 1 2018Noirmoutier, FranceBlankenberge, Belgium527€ 900,-12P0318No Sign on
May 13 2018Blankenberge, BelgiumTorquay, UK255€ 675,-9P0418No Sign on
May 22 2018Torquay, UKDouarnenez, France178€ 225,-3P0518No Sign on
Leg 2 Noirmoutier, FranceDouarnenez, France€1.695,-24Leg 2Sign on
May 30 2018Douarnenez, FranceScheveningen, Netherlands490€ 825,-11P0618No Sign on
June 10 2018Scheveningen, NetherlandsRostock, Germany666€ 1.050,-14P0718No Sign on
June 24 2018Rostock, GermanyBornholm, Denmark114€ 150,-2P0818No Sign on
Leg 3 Douarnenez, FranceBornholm, Denmark€1.895,-27Leg 3Sign on
June 29 2018Bornholm, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark103€ 150,-2P0918No Sign on
July 2 2018Copenhagen, DenmarkDouarnenez, France1028€ 1.575,-21P1018No Sign on
July 23 2018Douarnenez, FranceRostock, Germany1137€ 1.500,-20P1118No Sign on
Leg 4Bornholm, DenmarkRostock, Germany€2.995,-43Leg 4Sign on
August 12 2018Rostock, GermanyCopenhagen, Denmark108€ 150,-2P1218No Sign on
August 21 2018Copenhagen, DenmarkDen Helder, Netherlands531€ 900,-12P1318No Sign on
September 2 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.575,-21P1418No Sign on
Leg 5Rostock, GermanyPorto, Portugal€2.450,-35Leg 5Sign on
September 23 2018Porto, PortugalTorquay, UK635€1.050,-14P1518No Sign on
October 7 2018Torquay, UKDen Helder, Netherlands383€ 675,-9P1618No Sign on
October 17 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsBremerhaven, Germany184€ 225,-3P1718No Sign on
October 22 2018Bremerhaven, GermanyDen Helder, Netherlands184€ 225,-3P1818No Sign on
Leg 6Porto, PortugalDen Helder, Netherlands€2.030,-29Leg 6Sign on
Entire voyage 2018Noirmoutier, FranceDen Helder, Netherlands€9.995,-158Entire voyage 2018Sign on
Sign onFromToDirect distance NM & Days at sea /portFee (Euro) & Booking nr.
October 31 2018Den Helder, NLPorto, Portugal988 NM / 26 days€ 2210,- P0818 Sign on Sign on
November 26 2018Porto, PortugalSanta Cruz, de La Palma852 NM / 18 days€ 1530,- P0918 Sign on
October 31 2018Den Helder, NLSanta Cruz, de La Palma44 days€ 3520,- LEG 1 Sign on
December 14 2018Santa Cruz, de La PalmaBridgetown, Barbados3350 NM / 45 days€ 3825,- P1018 Sign on
January 28 2019Bridgetown, BarbadosSant Georges, Grenada485 NM / 20 days€ 1700,- P0119 Sign on
December 14 2018Santa Cruz, de La PalmalSant Georges, Grenada65 days€ 5.200,- LEG 2 Sign on
February 17 2019Sant Georges, GrenadaSanta Marta, Colombia759 NM / 14 days€ 1190,- P0219 Sign on
March 3 2019Santa Marta, ColombiaKingston, Jamaica438 NM / 9 days€ 765,- P0319 Sign on
March 12 2019Kingston, JamaicaBoca Chica, Dom Rep.428 NM / 17 days€ 1445,- P0419 Sign on
February 17 2019Sant Georges, GrenadaBoca Chica, Dom Rep.403200,- LEG 3 Sign on
March 29 2019Boca Chica, Dom Rep.Charleston, South Carolina1190 NM / 21 days€ 1785,- P0519 Sign on
April 19 2019Charleston, South CarolinaBoca Chica, Dom Rep.1190 NM / 21 days€ 1785,- P0619 Sign on
March 29 2019Boca ChicaBoca Chica42€ 3360,- LEG 4 Sign on
May 10 2019Boca Chica, Dom Rep.Horta, Azores2504 NM / 29 days€ 2465,- P0719 Sign on
June 8 2019Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, NL1638 NM / 18 days€ 1530,- P0819 Sign on
May 10 2019Boca ChicaAmsterdam, NL47€ 3760,- LEG 5 Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage 2018/2019238€ 14280,- EAR Sign on
Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
April 29 2019Den Helder, NLDouarnenez, FR531900,-12p0619No Sign on
May 14 2019Douarnenez, FROostende, BE165600,-8p0719No Sign on
April 23 2019Den Helder, NLOostende, BE1.250,-26Leg2 Sign on
May 26 2019Oostende, BEBlankenberge, BE10225,-3p0819No Sign on
June 2 2019Blankenberge, BE Bornholm, DK7461.275,-,-17p0919No Sign on
June 20 2019 Bornholm, DKLe Havre, FR9001.650,-22p1019No Sign on
May 26 2019Oostende, BELe Havre, FR2.995,-42Leg 3 Sign on
July 14 2019Le Havre, FRRostock, DE9071.650,-22p1119No Sign on
August 11 2019Rostock, DEKopenhagen, DK109150,-2p1219No Sign on
July 14 2019Le Havre, FRKopenhagen, DK1.695,-24Leg 4 Sign on
August 19 2019Kopenhagen, DKDen Helder, NL531900,-12P1319No Sign on
August 30 2019Den Helder, NLSantander, Esp8021.125,-15P1419No Sign on
September 15 2019Santander, EspPorto, PT398900,-12P14a19No Sign on
August 19 2019Kopenhagen, DKPorto, PT2.695,-38Leg 5 Sign on
September 30 2019Porto, PTTorquay, UK6351.050,-14P1519No
October 20 2019Torquay, UKDen Helder, NL383675,-9P1619No
September 30 2019Porto, PTDen Helder, NL1.595,-23Leg 6 Sign on
Entire voyage 20198.820,-147
Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr.
November 3 2019Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, PT988€2.040,- 24P0919 Sign on
November 28 2019Porto, PTSanta Cruz de La Palma852€1.360,-16P1019 Sign on
Entire first legDen Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€3.200,-40Leg 1Sign on
December 16 2019Santa Cruz de La PalmaBridegetown, Barbados2640€2.635,-31P1119 Sign on
January 19 2020Bridegetown, BarbadosFort-de-France, Martinique132€ 425,-5P1219Sign on
Entire second legSanta Cruz de La PalmaFort-de-France, Martinique€2.880,-36Leg 2Sign on
January 26 2020Fort-de-France, MartiniqueSanta Marta, Colombia810€1.785,-21P1319 Sign on
February 18 2020Santa Marta, ColombiaKingston, Jamaica438€ 765,-9P1419 Sign on
February 28 2020Kingston, JamaicaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.428€1.190,-14P1519 Sign on
Entire third legFort-de-France, MartiniqueBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.€3.520,-44Leg 3Sign on
March 17 2020Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Charleston, South Car. 1.190€1.785,-21P1619 Sign on
April 7 2020Charleston, South Car. Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.1.190€1.785,-21P1719 Sign on
Entire fourth legBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.€3.360,-Leg 4Sign on
April 28 2020Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504€2.465,-29P1819 Sign on
May 27 2020Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, NL1.638€1.530,-18P1919 Sign on
Entire Fifth LegBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.Amsterdam, NL€3.760,-47Leg 5Sign on
Entire AtlanticRound Voyage2019/2020€12.540,-209EARSign on
If time, weather and cargo allow it, we cansail to more destinationsthan scheduled.
More information about the schedules
Full season: If your intentions are to become a real experienced seaman and to get the thorough taste of life at sea, this is your trip! During the journey you will acquire adequate seatime to file for a certificate of competency as an able-bodied seaman. (If you officially want to obtain this certification you also have to pass the “Basic Safety Training” at a registered nautical college.) Date of signing on On this day we welcome you on board from 8 pm onwards. A crew member will introduce you to the captain, the first mate (who will receive your passport and possibly your sample book) and the other members of the crew. We shall assign you a bunk and chest (usually in the fo’c’sle). Linen and sleeping bag are best brought from home. Before departure you will be assigned to the port watch (under the supervision of the first mate) or the starboard watch Incidentally the ship has not arrived in the port of departure; we shall let you know as early as possible if this is the case. Route As a rule the ship departs on the day after signing on. With “all hands” the sail is set and the ship is made ready for the sea. You will be informed which watch stays on deck, leaving the other watch free to take a nap. The captain chooses the fastest and safest route to its destination. The captain and the  first mate will instruct the crew. You will be involved in every aspect of seamanship from the moment you arrive; safety training, steering the ship, keeping watch, maintenance, setting sail and lots more. Depended on the weather, the distance and the kind of trip, the ship will arrive at its destination after a couple of days or weeks. This doesn’t mean the trip is at its end; the days after arrival are filled with instructive and interesting activities. The ship is prepared for port, cargo is taken in and out, there is some maintenance that can only be done in a harbour and the opportunity presents itself to go on shore leave.  The route may be altered, depending on freight and weather. NM / Direct distance This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Nordlys being a true sailing ship without an engine, this distance is rarely the actual sailed distance. In other words, the ship usually sails many miles more than the direct distance. At the end of a leg of journey, the captain will inform you how many miles have been covered in reality. Fee This is the price in euros for said journey per person. In exchange you sail along and acquire a practical education in seamanship. In addition to the journey fee, we expect you to take part in watches and chores such as maintenance, sailing, cleaning, steering and being on the lookout. In the fee are included the ship’s meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee and tea. Not included are transfers to and from the ship. Average journey/port stay This is the estimated time at sea or in a harbor. The ship being dependent for the duration of her trips on weather and wind, this period may vary. If the ship arrives ahead of schedule at its destination, the days in port ahead of schedule are part of the journey. Booking number This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.
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