Press release: Tres Hombres Ship, an engineless sail cargo vessel, currently in Port of Stavanger



A unique visitor has arrived with the winds into Stavanger this week. The only trans-Atlantic cargo-vessel in the world without an engine, brigantine Tres Hombres is currently moored in the port of Stavanger on it’s fifth journey to Brazil and the Caribbean Islands. There the Tres Hombres Ship will stock their cargo hold with cocao and rum, which will be sailed emission-free to their destinations in Europe. The Tres Hombres was founded by three sailing-friends, two Dutchmen and an Austrian, who made it their mission to reduce the CO²-pollution at sea by the re-introduction of sailing cargo-vessels, with high-tech sails and clean engines for sustainable fossil fuel free shipping.

The aim in Stavanger is to source stockfish destined for Lisbon, Portugal. Stockfish has historically been traded with Portugal for centuries. Fairtransport Shipping aim to establish a regular sail cargo trade route to Lisbon.

The captain, hombre Arjen van der Veen and his crew are welcoming the public aboard the ship to talk about their mission. Fairtransport shipping are joined aboard by Lucy Gilliam and Alexandra Geldenhuys from the UK sail cargo shippers, New Dawn Traders. New Dawn Traders have joined Tres Hombres ship to retrace the historic trade routes and are writing stories of what trade was, is currently, and what the future of fair trade could be. They would welcome the opportunity to meet people involved in local trade and production in the area.

The Fairtransport Ship Tres Hombres can be visited in the old town Port of Stavanger and will stay until Wednesday 30th October 2013.

More information on the Fairtransport Shipping and the New Dawn Traders can be found on their websites and

Pictures available on request.

Originally posted on Lucy and the New Dawn Traders:

We are currently in the midst of Fairtrade fortnight. I travelled to the Divine chocolate pop up shop to meet Cocoa farmers Mary Appiah and Esther Mintah Ephraim to find out about the life of Fairtrade chocolate producers.

“Going Lococoa with Kuapa Kokoo”

Mary and Esther are farmers in a large cooperative of Ghanaian farmers called Kuapa Kokoo and have flown over to share their stories of life on a cocoa farm. Kuapa Kokoo is the co-owner of London based chocolate brand, Divine chocolate with a 45% stake in the company. The remaining shares are owned by Twin Trading, an ethical trading company, also based in London, which works with small fairtrade producers around the world.


Mary and Esther arrived in style to meet me, waltzing in wearing stylish full-length fur coats. They had heard that it was freezing cold and had bought them off the local market just…

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