New jobs: becoming freight sail carriers. The customers are there!

FB_IMG_0125Take an old, large sailboat for cheap, empty it by using it to transport goods, and you have found a new eco job. The customers are already there; specialized companies’ find them for you.

The environmentally sustainable transport by sea of goods of all kinds-beer, coffee, wine, rum, cocoa-as an alternative to huge cargo ships is already a booming reality. More and more green product companies are turning to environmentally friendly shippers such as Wind Transport (Towt), WindTransport and Fairtransport to transport their “clean” goods, avoiding loading them onto mega freighters, a major source of pollution on the planet. The 15 largest container ships are estimated to pollute the environment as much as all automobile traffic on the planet.

The example of inventing a new job by sailing comes from the story of Freya Pomeri Rowden and her husband Marcus.
After years in the sailboat charter business, the two Englishmen invested their savings in building a replica of a small 18th century sailing ship, Grayhound, designed for the transportation of goods. They built it themselves and made it their family’s home, including their children. Then they joined Wind Transport’s environmentally friendly transport service, which uses a fleet of 11 other sailboats capable of loading 155 tons of goods per year.


There is no shortage of customers who do not want to soil their produce by opting for sailing transport. Like the trendy British organic restaurants. Little that accepts only zero-mile produce or transported by anti-pollution methods. True, transportation costs increase compared to the traditional system, for a six euro bottle of wine the transportation cost affects about 30 cents, but companies are willing to bear the higher costs because there is a niche of sensible consumers willing to spend a little extra to help save the planet.


The most heavily traveled routes to eco-sailing are the canal routes between Britain and France and the Atlantic route from Europe to the US.
Freya Pomeri Rowden’s best customer is a craft brewery that uses Grayhound to bring its precious bottles from Cornwall to France.



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