1912-BUILT DE TUCKER SAIL CARGO SHIP ON MAIDEN VOYAGE
De Tukker, the first ship operated by sail cargo company Ecoclipper, has set sail. Leaving Amsterdam carrying chocolate, 5 crew members and 5 trainees, De Tukker is headed for Porto where she is expected to arrive around May 13th and take on a cargo of wine and olive oil. This is the first voyage on a sailing schedule which will see the ship sail on a regular route across North and West Europe.
Following a refit and sea trials, De Tukker, which was built in 1912 and seen life as a coastal trader and sail training vessel, is now propelled again by over 300 square metres of sail. De Tukker is able to carry about 70 cubic metres, or an equivalent of 50-70 tons, of cargo. She also has accommodation for up to 12 trainees or travellers. The ship is handling well and is currently crossing the Bay of Biscay.
The first cargo onboard is chocolate produced by Dutch chocolate maker “Chocolatemakers” and destined for European distribution by sail cargo brokers “New Dawn Traders”. The cacao used in the chocolate’s production process was shipped from the Dominican Republic by fellow sail cargo vessel Tres Hombres and so will reach consumers with a minimum of harmful emissions produced in its transport.
De Tukker’s currently scheduled destinations are Porto, Noirmoutier, Saint Nazaire, Penzance, Torquay and London, however, depending on the needs of exporters and consumers EcoClipper is open to adding additional ports to the route.
(Source and image: EcoClipper – De Tucker sail cargo ship in 1912)