They intend to start a business that will move dry products like green coffee beans between Santa Marta, Colombia, and New Jersey in the United States. Canadian coffee firm Café William has reserved all northern freight voyages to transport their coffee beans.
Hybrid cargo vessel Ceiba is under construction
Additionally, Sailcargo continues to build the Ceiba, a ship combining sustainability and conventional building techniques. The plan calls for a three-masted sailing ship with a cargo capacity of nine TEU or up to 250 tons.
The design has electric batteries and dual propellers as underwater turbines that can produce energy when under sail in addition to the 6,300 square feet of sail area. The company is also trying the use of photovoltaic technology in their ship.
The company anticipates launching Ceiba in 2023.
Ceiba will be able to travel at top speeds of up to 14 knots, which is six knots slower than a typical container ship. However, container ships frequently purposefully slow down to half speed due to rising fuel expenses. Average delivery times are still getting longer due to bottlenecks with cargo ships at important ports worldwide.
Ceiba is being constructed at the AstilleroVerde shipyard in Costa Rica. The eco-shipyard, which translates to “green shipyard” in Spanish, also serves as a nonprofit that conducts educational initiatives for neighborhood residents and an annual tree-planting program to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.