Sailing ships to decarbonize transatlantic trade

BOISSONS DELAME embarque sur les voiliers-cargos TOWT !
6 July 2021
MARTELL MUMM PERRIER-JOUËT : Cognac et Champagne embarqueront sur les voiliers-cargos TOWT, cap sur New York.
26 July 2021

Sailing ships to decarbonize transatlantic trade

TOWT (TransOceanic Wind Transport) is about to launch the build of four industrial sailing cargo ships. Founded in 2011, the maritime company has gained in experience shipping over 1 million produces across the Atlantic and, by doing so saving 1,500 tonnes of CO2 onboard 19 traditional sailing work vessels. TOWT is now moving to the next stage: the launch of the first fleet of industrially-scale decarbonized ships. With a length of 260', each 200'-high vessel will be moved by a set of sails of over 23,000ft² making out of wind the main source of energy, thus guaranteeing decarbonization will be of over 90%. At sea, the wind is abundant and predictible and modern sail offers the best yields to move large hulls over long distances, whilst the shipping industry is struggling to actually decarbonize. With a group of 30 cargo owners committed onboard, TOWT is aiming at disrupting this industry, on the eve of a merchant revolution.

30 cargo-owners on board, 4 maritime routes open

Just over the past year, TOWT has collected hundreds of million euros in transport orders from 30 companies such as Cémoi (cocoa), Belco (coffee), Ethic Drinks (wine), Longueteau (wine), Drappier (champagne), Boisson Delame (wine) and Molienda Real (raw sugar). Most cargo-owners, some of them well-know, are not yet publicly disclosed. However, TOWT is now able to unveil the main maritime routes open for its clients as early as the end of 2022, for an annual transport capacity of about 25,000 tonnes. New York will be pivotal in TOWT's American operations. Alongside with cargo, TOWT offers a service of dynamic maturation at the sea providing wine and spirits with a unique taste fostered by the combined action of waves, sea air and slow temperature changes. Each route is detailed below:
All products shipped on TOWT account are labelled ANEMOS. This label ensures consumers the products they buy are shipped onboard sailing ships. Besides, it provides them with the opportunity to discover online the route of the ship, pictures taken during the journey, weather data, carbon reduction, thus offering an immersive experience (

250 passengers/y sailing to iconic destinations

TOWT is also launching pre-registrations for passengers to sail along to and from Europe, America, or Africa aboard its carbon-free cargo ships. The new sailing cargo ships of TOWT - Transport à la voile will be able to carry 12 passengers per crossing. Passengers aboard TOWT sailing cargo ships will be able to enjoy an extraordinary "slow travel" experience. Embarked for crossings from two (Le Havre - New York) to several weeks, on silent vessels which respect the environment and underwater fauna, they will be in direct interaction with a professional and passionate crew of seven sailors plus two or three cadets. With a front row seat overlooking port manoeuvres, loading and unloading of cargoes of cocoa, wine and spirits, coffee, tea, cocoa, among other, they will benefit from comfortable cabins and common spaces with services particularly adapted to this long maritime adventure: lounge, library, sun deck, etc.

Find out more about TOWT's sailing cargo ship

Guillaume LE GRAND, CEO of TOWT: "We are delighted to announce to the American public that soon four vessels will be sailing four times each (ie. 16 a year) to New York, to deliver in a carbon-free manner hundreds of thousands of European goods ranging from wine and spirits, jams, textile, cosmetics or more industrial cargoes. We also do hope to able to announce in the forthcoming months what best US-made goods can be shipped in a 0-CO2 way on the Westbound journey. The shipping, in a quite fuel-centric approach, struggles to offer really decarbonized solutions. There is one reason: you can't cheat with energy. And a ship is extremely energy-intensive. Wind is reliable, abundant, and can now be very well predicted; and our sailing ships will be able to make the most of it. Moreover, the ANEMOS label allows the brands to stamp and document in full transparency the journey of their goods, thus their origin. In times where coffee, cacao or champagne (for instance) consumptions are being drastically challenged, you need to lay the emphasis on the quality, the origin, the "terroir": what best way than to value the transport, which can also be decarbonized, if you want to talk about the coffee mountain, or the vineyard? TOWT offers that opportunity, at reduced rates."

Find out more:

Catching wind: How to harness air for low-carbon shipping:

"Green Element" Podcast with Guillaume:

Guillaume and Diana short presentation: (turn on English subs)

New niche cargo and passenger venture has the wind in its sails (Trade Winds):

2 Dropbox files with pictures:
- Sailing cargo ships pictures
- General pictures

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