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.
Pictures available on request.