In 2007, three friends began a shipping company. While sailing on the Dutch barque Europa, Arjen, Andreas & Jorne saw the beauty and power of great sailing ships that use only the wind as a means of propulsion. They decided to create the world’s first modern “emission free” shipping company, based in the Netherlands. Originally named the “Stichting Atlantis Zeilende Handelsvaart”, the company has grown into what is now known simply as “Fairtransport”.
After the restoration of the brigantine Tres Hombres, the ship was added to the fleet of Fairtransport in Transatlantic Emission Free Freight Service to the Caribbean, from Europe. As the world’s only Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship, she has become famous in her own right. The company has since expanded, with plans to put a 3 masted clipper ship, The Spirit of Rotterdam, into service.
It is the prime intention of Fairtransport to sail cargo emission free, with a focus on transporting special products which are organic, or crafted traditionally – such as Olive Oil, Wine and Rum. In addition, to raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution created by the modern shipping industry and affect positive change in the way goods are shipped around the world.
Recently Fairtransport refitted the wooden ketch Nordlys, built in 1843, which has been put into service in the North Sea & greater Europe. Nordlys promotes emission free shipping in European waters.