AEGEAN CARGO SAILING
Clean Shipping with Wind Energy
Read more about our pilot cargo voyage on our June 2017 Voyage blog.
Our seas and air can be free of shipping pollution (dirty bunker fuels, black carbon, etc.). The wind should be harnessed to sail cargo. The maritime shipping industry is terribly outdated. Tourists and consumers can drive forward change. The Greek products that we showcase are awesome.
Smart thinking about clean shipping. Smarter ways to think about the food we eat / products we use, and where they come from. Wind energy solutions for small and large cargo maritime vessels. Consumption based on quality and health, not quantity. Greece’s history of sailing cargo since ancient times.
SAIL MED promotes wind energy innovations in clean shipping. We also aim to enhance local economic developments, small-scale farming, food security, health, and education. SAIL MED is based on the need to eliminate pollution from fuel for maritime transport. It is part of the international SAIL TRANSPORT NETWORK program organized by the non-profit organization GLOBAL VILLAGE.
Why Shipping? The shipping industry is terribly outdated in its dirty emissions and scary dependency on fossil fuels. The world’s 90,000 oil-burning ships contribute to climate change, harm marine environments and kill at least 60,000 people a year from toxic emissions. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), CO2 emissions from maritime shipping are projected to increase by 50-250%, if business as usual continues.
Why Greece? In Greece, we aim to demonstrate the possibility of using traditional and new sailing routes in the Aegean to serve for exchanges between islands and ports of mainland Greece. For this purpose members and friends of SAIL MED will be moved with a pleasure sailing boat PELAGO on Kea, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Ikaria, Samos and return to Athens. In the islands, they will choose typical products that could be the subject of future trade exchanges and will provide symbolic samples to show to local stakeholders, pointing out that the move was done exclusively with wind power (except for port approaches).
For the glory of the Aegean Sea’s history of sailing – that for millennia connected continents for trade and cultural exchange – our crew hopes that practical, valuable skills will be on the rise for clean maritime transport, small-scale farming and healthy local products.