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 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.Horta, Azores2.504€2.465,-29P1619 Sign on
April 17 2020Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, NL1.638€1.530,-18P1719 Sign on
Entire fourth legBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.Amsterdam, NL€3.760,-47Leg 4Sign on
Entire AtlanticRound Voyage2019/2020€10.020,-209EARSign on
If time, weather and cargo allow it, we cansail to more destinationsthan scheduled.

Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr
Oct. 25 2020Den Helder, NetherlandsDublin, Ireland682 NM€ 1.105,-13P3020 Sign on
November 17 2020Dublin, IrelandSanta Cruz de La Palma597 NM€ 2.125,-25P3120Sign on
Oct. 25 2020Den Helder, NLSa. Cruz de La PalmaEntire first leg€ 2.660,-38E1Sign on
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Dec. 7 2020Santa Cruz de La PalmaBrigdetown, Barbados2.640 NM€ 2.635,-31P3220Sign on
Jan. 13 2021Brigdetown, BarbadosForte-de-France, Martinique318 NM€ 1.680,-21P0121Sign on
Dec. 7 2020 Sa. Cruz de La PalmaForte-de-France, MartiniqueEntire second leg€ 4.160,-52E2Sign on
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Feb. 4 2021Forte-de-France, MartiniqueMorehead City, USA1.480 NM€ 2.465,-29P0221Sign on
March 7 2021Morehead City, USASanta Marta, Colombia1.435 NM€ 2.550,-30P0321Sign on
Feb. 4 2021Santa Marta, ColombiaForte-de-France, MartiniqueEntire third leg€ 4.720,-59E3Sign on
April 7 2021Santa Marta, ColombiaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.504 NM€ 1.360,-16P0421Sign on
April 29 2021Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504 NM€ 2.465,-29P0521Sign on
Feb. 25th 2018Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, Netherlands1.638 NM€ 1.530,-18P0620Sign on
April 7 20212018Santa Marta, ColombiaAmsterdam, NetherlandsEntire fourth leg € 5.040,-63E4Sign on
March 18th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Amsterdam, NLEntire fifth leg€ 5.520,-69E5Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2020/2021€12.720,-212EARSign on

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 3 2020Den Helder, NLDieppe, FR2571.020,-12p0120No Sign on
May 16 2020Dieppe, FRBlankenberge, BE120340,-4p0220No Sign on
May 3 2020Den Helder, NLBlankenberge, BE1.280,-16Leg1 Sign on
May 24 2020Blankenberge, BEOostende, BE10170,-2p0320No Sign on
June 1 2020Oostende, BE Kopenhagen, DK6461.275,-15p0420No Sign on
June 17 2020Kopenhagen, DKDieppe, FR7541.870,-22p0520 No Sign on
May 24 2020Blankenberge, BEDieppe, FR3.120,-39Leg 2 Sign on
July 12 2020Dieppe, FRBornholm, DK9491.275,-15p0620No Sign on
July 27 2020Bornholm, DKRostock, DE114255,-3p0720No Sign on
August 9 2020Rostock, DEKopenhagen, DK109255,-3p0820No Sign on
July 12 2020Dieppe, FRKopenhagen, DK1.680,-21Leg 3 Sign on
August 20 2020Kopenhagen, DKEyemouth, UK5921.105,-13P0920No Sign on
September 3 2020Eyemouth, UKDieppe, FR360850,-10P1020No Sign on
August 20 2020Kopenhagen, DKDieppe, FR1.840,-23Leg 4 Sign on
September 17 2020Dieppe, FREyemouth, UK360850,-10P1120No
September 29 2020Eyemouth, UKDen Helder, NL383675,-9P1619No
September 17 2020Dieppe, FRDen Helder, NL1.360,-17Leg 5 Sign on

Sign OnFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr.
May 10 2020Amsterdam, NetherlandsPasaia, Spain817 NM€ 1.530,-18P1820 Sign on
May 31 2020Pasaia, SpainPorto, Portugal479 NM€ 1.105,-13P1920 Sign on
May 10 st 2020Amsterdam, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal€ 2.480,-31E1Sign on
June 18 2020Porto, PortugalNoirmoutier, France528 NM€ 1.190,-14P2020 Sign on
July 3 2020Noirmoutier, FranceBrest, France184 NM€ 510,-6P2120 Sign on
July 16 2020Brest, FranceBrixham, UK 178 NM€ 510,-6P2220 Sign on
June 18 2020Porto, PortugalBrixham, UK€ 2.080,-26E2Sign on
July 22 2020Brixham, UKMargate, UK288 NM€ 595,-7P2320 Sign on
July 29 2020Margate, UKAmsterdam, NL211 NM€ 765,-9P2420Sign on
July 22 2020Brixham, UKAmsterdam, NL€ 1.280,-16E3Sign on
August 17 2020Amsterdam, NLTexel, NL50 NM€ 75,-1P2520 Sign on
August 18 2020Texel, NLDen Helder, NL10 NM€ 75,-1P2620 Sign on
Entire Summer Voyage2020€ 5.250-75E1-3Sign on

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.


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.


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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