In the News

Delay to curbs on toxic shipping emissions 'would cause 200,000 extra premature deaths, Arthur Nelson, The Guardian. October 7, 2016. 

"A push by the shipping and oil industries for a five-year delay to curbs on toxic sulphur emissions would cause an extra 200,000 premature deaths from lung cancer and heart disease, according to an unpublished International Maritime Organisation (IMO) study."

"The shipping industry is by far the world’s biggest emitter of sulphur with SOx levels in heavy fuel oils up to 3,500 times higher than those in current European diesel standards for vehicles. A single large cruise ship can reportedly burn as much fuel as whole towns, and emit more sulphur than 7m cars."

Read full Article in The Guardian here.

Sail Cargo Update, posted on Marlinspike Magazine, Sept. 18, 2016. 

"Currently 90,000 motorized vessels transport the bulk of the world’s goods, but through their emissions, they also help induce climate change."

"Many people are concerned about climate change; only a few have actually taken action."

Read the full article on Marlinspike Magazine here.

Wind-powered Cargo Ships Could Help Cut Your Carbon Footprint, by Maria Gallucci, in Mashable, Aug 3, 2016

"With emissions expected to decline in other sectors, that means shipping will make up a bigger slice of the carbon pie, rising from about 2.5 percent of total global carbon dioxide emissions in 2012 to 17 percent by 2050, according to the IMO."

“Shipping is still out-of-sight, out-of-mind. People don’t see ships like they do trucks,” said Charlene Caprio, an attorney and expert on maritime, energy and environmental law in New York City. 

Read the full article on Mashable here.

The article, "Noah’s Ark Gone Awry" in Sail Transport Network discusses the new UN World Wildlife Crime Report and how Shipping needs to stop providing a transit route for traffickers in protected Flora and Fauna. 

Transport by sea carries about 90% of the world's trade. Consumerism is fueled by vast choices; sometimes very selfish ones. Smugglers often push not just inanimate contraband, but also wildlife (flora and fauna) in whole or in their parts by sea transit. As our readers also know, today's dirty bunker fuel-powered cargo ships are able to supply massive cargo capacity due in part by a web of oil subsidies and lax regulations concerning pollution of the air and seas, as well as “flags of convenience" loopholes.

But illegal trafficking of wildlife, and shipping as a transit source for the trafficking, is starting to get the attention it needs. Sail Transport Network and SAIL MED share a mission of ensuring responsible shipping in all areas that affect wildlife, the seas, our air quality and health. So we created this article for your interest. Read Full Article.


Wind Assisted Propulsion for Shipping gets attention in The Economist article, "We are Sailing", posted April 9, 2016.

Byline: "Wind Power Makes Another Comeback." Read the article online in The Economist.

Good News/Bad News for Consumers in an Increasingly Energy-Challenged, Shipping-Dependent World

"Here is good news and bad news for getting your cherished consumer goods shipped across the seas. Hadn’t thought much about it? Have you thought about the oil-dependent ships’ pollution and their readiness to switch to clean renewable energy? Well, they’re not ready, and even if they could be, they don't want to be.

Good news: by now you may have heard of the revival of sail transport for what is now a niche market of delivering near-zero-carbon goods. The next step, after the recent advent of traditional sailing ships pressed into service by North Sea sailors, is modern ships rigged with high-tech Dyna Rig sail power."

[By Jan Lundberg,  23 Feb. 2016. Read the full at Article, go here ]

COP21 Follow-up for Sail Transport and Its Fight against Shipping Emissions and for Resilience

[This Article presents a summary of SAIL MED/STN's actions at COP21]

"Uniquely, the sail transport movement and anyone concerned about maritime shipping emissions— not covered in the new Agreement — had a specific mission in the run-up to Paris and during the conference. We came with two areas of concern: the International Maritime Organization (IMO) had long failed to adhere to the intentions of the UN climate goals, ever since Kyoto in 1997. Secondly, the obvious and clean alternative to marine bunker fuels (the dirtiest petroleum) — sail technology — was and remains unacknowledged."

To read the full Article, go here

SAIL MED promoting sail transport at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris: COP21

Sail transport should be phased into shipping networks as soon as possible, as a truly emissions-free and clean mode of transportation.  There is a clear UNFCCC interest for action in reducing emissions from the shipping sector, which now account for over 2% of global GHG emissions, but are projected to increase 50-250% by 2050 if current policies and practices do not change.  

The IMO was given a mandate under Art. 2(2) of the Kyoto Protocol to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from marine bunker fuels, but failed to implement meaningful measures.  SAIL MED, along with various partners, will be promoting an effective regulatory framework that includes sail power at the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21.  If you are interested in our efforts at UNFCCC - COP21, please contact us!

See our Proposed Language for the Paris Agreement

See our COP21 UN Flyer

See our Poster

Sail freight experiences a rebirth

"Visionary efforts to test sail-based trade for the 21st century around the country — New England, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, Hawaii — and in Europe and the Caribbean seek to address a host of concerns: getting back to the land, a healthy piece of land, and to a simpler lifestyle through small-scale farming; decentralizing “big agriculture” and connecting small producers directly with consumers in local and regional economies; addressing climate change and greenhouse gases with a cleaner, sail-driven freight distribution system; creating “sustainable and resilient” communities able to survive and even thrive as oil becomes more scarce, more costly and harder to find; and applying new technologies so sail systems can be scaled up to power big, modern, green cargo carriers..." [By Jim Flannery, Aug. 20, 2015.  Read full article in Soundlings Magazine.]

Tres Hombres Sails across the Atlantic Again, with Some New Twists

"Under Captain Arjen van der Veen, the engineless 32-meter schooner brig Tres Hombres is arriving now in La Palma, Canary Islands. This is her sixth annual voyage across the Atlantic and back to Europe, carrying intensely desirable cargoes for discerning eco-savvy customers." [By Jan Lundberg, Dec. 3, 2014. Read full article at Sail Transport Network website]

VIDEO: Set Sail for Greener Maritime Cargo Shipping

"Shipping by sea is as vital to the global economy as it is destructive to the global environment. But new technologies—and old ones—can help make shipping easier on the planet." [See full article/video at Time Inc. website. By Brian Walsh, August 7, 2014.]

A High Seas Comeback for Sails? Shipping Industry Sees Potential

"As the shipping industry struggles with high fuel costs and tepid demand, some innovators say that high-tech sails may hold the secret to cheaper and cleaner fuel." [Read Full article at, from source: Wall Street Journal]

"Historic Junction for Industrial-Scale Sail Transport"

Everyone knows this is the next development in shipping, but who will take the lead? This is the feeling shared amongst everyone in on the movement, especially during and after the recent Harlingen, Holland meeting of organizations and activists interested in the Ecoliner -- a hybrid sailing ship designed for timely delivery of cargo with minimized pollution. [By Jan Lundberg, July 12, 2014. Read Full Article here]

The Marine Environment Under Threat? How to create the basis for sustainable blue growth!

Informal Meeting of EU Environment Ministers, 14 May 2014, Athens. [Read Document]

Designing a cash-flow model: Wind assisted hybrid ship propulsion

By Navin Jacob   14 April, 2014[Report prepared for the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme S@IL]

"The purpose of this report is to present the cash-flow model and discuss the important cost and revenue sources related to ship operation and to present the assumptions we have made. The aim is also to outline the conditions in which the assumptions remain valid, discuss their limits and suggest possible improvements. The results of the cash-flow model will be used within S@IL project to build a road-map for the future transition to low carbon shipping by the year 2050." Read Full Report on Scribd.

Houston Oil Spill in Bird Sanctuary a Marine-Fuel Disaster, While Sail Transport Remains Untapped  

By Jan Lundberg   07 April, 2014  [Published in Sail Transport Network]

"The world appears far from getting a grip on world oil-fueled shipping. The ongoing consequences are well known, but periodic disasters get our attention. A collision and spill of at least 168,000 gallons of marine fuel happened on March 22 near Houston, Texas. It closed a major petrochemical shipping route." Read Full article at Sail Transport Network


Current Sail Cargo Projects that could use your Support:

Our office receives numerous inquiries relating to possibilities for cargo-sailing opportunities.  These inquiries range from crewing, starting a new project, and investing in existing projects.  A summary .pdf document available here serves to summarize some projects that welcome your support.  


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