'Spinning sail' rebooted to cut fuel and make ocean tankers greener, Damian Carrigan,The Guardian. March 14, 2017.

"An ocean-going tanker is to be fitted with a type of “spinning sail” invented almost a century ago in a step that could lead to more environmentally friendly tankers worldwide." 

Read full Article in The Guardian 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