The Dutch shipping company EcoClipper has announced this year’s sailing program for the newly purchased vessel: De Tukker. De Tukker is the first of a fleet of low-impact sailboats that will transport cargo and passengers using the wind as the primary source of propulsion. The program focuses on the North Sea, the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
The route includes some of the main international seaports such as Amsterdam, London, Porto and Antwerp. De Tukker, which is 40 meters with a shallow draft of 2.4 meters, will also be able to operate in local ports such as La Rochelle, France, and Penzance, UK, increasing its brand awareness and targeting SMEs locals wishing to reduce their shipping footprint. There will be room for 12 paying guests, who are invited to be involved in the navigation of the ship but are also welcome to enjoy the unique experience.
De Tukker has 60 cubic meters of cargo space and will be able to carry a maximum of 70 tonnes of cargo. The vessel is currently undergoing refit at the Talsma shipyard in the Netherlands. The draft has been increased by an elongated keel, thus offering more stable navigation. Research is also underway to install a propeller generator and solar panels on the galley deckhouse that would cover the lighting system and onboard navigation, further reducing the use of fossil fuels.
EcoClipper spoke with future partners such as broker New Dawn Traders, sailing holiday agent Classic Sailing and sustainable ferry service FairFerry. Internationally renowned sailing freight company Fairtransport and UK-based brokers Shipped by Sail and Raybel Charters have also been approached.
Jorne Langelaan, CEO and Founder of EcoClipper, said: “The 2022 sailing program offers a good mix of big ports and small ports. This will increase the visibility of the sailing freight and sailing travel industries. It’s fantastic to be able to work in tandem with other sailing freight companies as well, we all have a lot to offer and we are all heading towards the same goal of reducing shipping emissions and providing the proven method of sailing as a viable possibility of transportation. »