Made in France – Transport maritime décarboné

Wind Support annonce l’ouverture du 27 mars au 15 juin 2024 d’une boutique éphémère à Manhattan – New York. De très nombreux produits iconiques et Made In France, tous acheminés par voiliers cargo, seront proposés à la vente avec un objectif : montrer que ce transport décarboné et respectueux de la planète est disponible immédiatement.

Le premier semestre 2024 présente de nombreuses opportunités de renforcer le message que Wind Support délivre depuis 3 ans : la propulsion vélique est “live”, elle a sa place dans la décarbonation du transport maritime, grâce en particulier à la course au large qui a permis de continuer à innover dans le domaine. Deux gros voiliers cargo, Grain de Sail II et TOWT Anemos viendront pour la première fois décharger leurs cales à New York, en provenance respectivement de Saint Malo et Le Havre. En parallèle, Wind Support organise l’arrivée de la Transat CIC (ETA 8 Mai pour les premiers Imocas) et le départ de la New York Vendée le 29 Mai : une flotte de plus de 30 IMOCAs naviguera en baie de New York pendant 3 semaines ! 

C’est pour soutenir cet événement exceptionnel et faire la preuve par l’exemple que le transport de marchandise à la voile est disponible et rentable aussi bien économiquement que d’un point de vue environnemental que Wind Support a décidé d’ouvrir une boutique éphémère du 27 mars au 15 juin. D’une surface de 140 m2, cette dernière sera installée au Seaport, quartier historique du Sud de Manhattan qui abrite le South Street Seaport Museum, musée retracant l’histoire de New York et le Tin Building, un marché ouvert par le chef Alsacien Jean-Georges Vongerichten qui comprend 12 restaurants, bars et un marché de produits frais.

La boutique offrira à la commercialisation de nombreux produits de haute qualité, Made In France (20-30 marques, maximum 100 références ). L’objectif est double : faire connaître l’excellence à la française de sociétés qui ont placé le développement durable au cœur de leur activité et montrer la pertinence aussi bien technologique qu’économique du transport à la voile puisque l’intégralité de ces produits aura été acheminé par voiliers cargos.


En complément de la boutique, un espace d’information sera également ouvert au public afin d’expliquer le cycle de vie des produits et la logistique nécessaire pour les acheminer à New York. « Partenaires et soutien de Grain de Sail depuis trois ans, nous sommes convaincus de la pertinence du transport de fret maritime par propulsion vélique » explique Laurent Corbel, un des deux fondateurs de Wind Support. « Mais là les étoiles sont en train de s’aligner : deux des plus gros voiliers cargos du monde vont décharger pour la première fois des produits Made In France à New York en montrant une fois de plus que c’est possible et rentable, pour les marques comme pour les armateurs. Atteindre le zéro émission pour le fret maritime n’est plus une illusion, c’est une réalité et c’est maintenant. » 

Quelques emplacements sont encore disponibles dans la boutique et il est encore temps de faire partie du voyage ! Pour en savoir plus c’est ici

Innov’sail 2023

Meet our team at Innov’Sail 2023, May 29th to 31st.

The 2023 program is very exciting again this year, with expert speakers from VPLP, Wisamo, D-Ice, Norsepower, Mer Concept and many more!!
Foil, performance, life cycle analysis with a zoom on wind propulsion on Wednesday.  
On our booth, we will introduce FinX motors: inspired by Nature, FinX develops a responsible, secure and clean nautical mobility.




Call for content

Webb InstituteUS Merchant Marine AcademyMARIN and Wind Support NYC are pleased to invite you to contribute to our Sustainability in Ship Design and Operations (SISDO 2023) conference on November 6 – 7, 2023. The event will bring industry professionals and academics together to discuss the latest technology, concepts, and case studies, building on the success of our conference from last year. 
We are currently accepting abstract submissions – either papers or presentations, as well as poster submissions for our first-ever student poster session.

Important Dates 
May 15, 2023               Abstracts due 
June 1, 2023                Abstract approval notification 
June 15, 2023              Conference registration opens 
July 17, 2023               Paper/presentation draft due 
September 1, 2023     Paper/presentation comments returned 
October 1, 2023          Final content submission 
November 6-7, 2023  Conference at Webb Institute, USMMA

Don’t miss this opportunity, and we look forward to seeing you on November 6th! Mark your calendars!

Please see the attachment for more information.

Wind Corridor #1 – Washington to Alaska

We are currently studying the role wind propulsion can play to reduce the emissions from the shipping activity on the trade route between the states of Washington and Alaska. 

Wind Support NYC develops and promotes maritime projects that advance wind propulsion solutions and increase the use of wind – the free renewable energy available at the point of use – in the energy mix.  

This study is supported by the Ocean Conservancy, a US foundation that advocates at the IMO and in Washington DC to decarbonize shipping completely by 2040. Through this study, Wind Support NYC and Ocean Conservancy will expose the key role wind propulsion can immediately play on the pathway to zero emission shipping. The results of the study will be released in April 2023: the report will be made publicly available and we also intend to present the results in a few conferences centered on wind propulsion & sustainable shipping.

The first part of the study introduces the route, i.e. the cargo transported, the ports of calls, the weather & sea conditions as well as the existing fleet sailing between Seattle Tacoma and the ports of Alaska. 

In a first call, wind propulsion technology developers are invited to contribute and assess feasibility, impact and cost of retrofitting one RoRo vessel (TOTE North Star) sailing between Tacoma and Anchorage.

The second call is addressed to shipping companies operating (or developing) new wind enabled commercial vessels. By introducing those vessels in the study, our aim is to demonstrate that wind harnessing technology is an energy saving device, but can also replace fossil fuels as the main source of propulsion. 


Governors Island

We launch today Season 3 with an interview of Clare Newman, the president and CEO of  the Trust for Governors Island. Kat and Clare discuss many facets of sustainability and adaptability – New York City since Sandy, the current and future developments on Governors Island, its maritime facade and the many experiments that can be run from the Island. Governors Island, located South of Manhattan and East of the Statue of Liberty, was originally used by the Lenape as a hunting  & fishing camp, before becoming an US Army base and, from 1966 to the mid 90s, a base for 3,000 US Coast Guards. Since 2010, the Island is run by the Trust for Governors Island, a 501(c)(3) non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion cre­at­ed by the City of New York respon­si­ble for the plan­ning, oper­a­tions and ongo­ing devel­op­ment of Gov­er­nors Island.   Credit Julienne Schaer/The Trust for Governors Island

Invest in Sail Cargo Inc

Sail Cargo Inc

I am writing to you from onboard the cargo schooner Vega, anchored outside the Swedish town of Dalarö, about 20 miles or 30km South East of Stockholm.  I can hear the anchor windlass hauling up the anchor now, we will set out for Stockholm within the hour.  By the end of the day we should be in the drydock, inspecting the vessel to see if she will be fit for purchase.  It is from this perspective that I am writing you to to share something exciting: we have officially launched our brand, SAILCARGO INC., as a top holding company. Our first move is to purchase the vessel Vega, and begin to ship cargo this year.
As you can imagine, this has been a major undertaking for our team. Some investors of Ceiba may not understand the significance of this opportunity. In case you are not familiar with our corporate structure, I will give a brief description:
Currently, you are a shareholder of Inversiones Maritimas Ceiba S.A., a Costa Rican company limited by shares, which owns the beautiful vessel Ceiba (check out some recent photos, attached!). This type of company is not able to scale up in the way that investors dream of… it is always going to be about one ship: Ceiba. Now, for the first time, we are inviting existing shareholders of Ceiba to join the top holding company.  SAILCARGO INC. has exponential potential, the ability to expand across sectors.  SAILCARGO INC. is positioned to become a powerful brand with a grand vision:
· constructing and operating a fleet of wooden, emission-free ships,
· working with existing certification societies to establish a powerful label,
· building a product brand supported by the label,
· designing an app to unite all clean power cargo vessels,
· taking a leading stake in the green hydrogen maritime sector,
· and more (see attached business plan).
At this time, we are opening up to receive new investments to SAILCARGO INC. with a specific mission in mind.
Our vision has become a reality earlier than expected. Vega, the wooden cargo schooner from the same design inspiration as Ceiba, has been offered to me personally for purchase through SAILCARGO INC. With the momentum given to us by our major cargo client and the ever-growing support of our investors, we are in the position to move forward with the purchase of this unique vessel. By the end of this year, Vega will sail cargo emission-free. She will soon make a profit, and propel all other endeavours under the SAILCARGO INC. umbrella.  By acquiring Vega in May 2022, this topholding company can provide the service our clients are waiting for, paving the way for all other vessels of the SAILCARGO INC. fleet, including Ceiba and Pitaya. 

SAILCARGO INC. has opened fundraising in light of this promising acquisition.  Our team has been working on the Vega project quietly for over a year, and in November 2021 two objective surveys of the ship were conducted (we will be doing the third and final survey next week). We are confident with the decision to acquire Vega. As of this moment, we are trying to raise $2.6M for Vega.  We are grateful to say that we currently have $1.3M+ pledged towards this funding round.  You will find additional information attached.  If you would like to invest in our top holding company as an early supporter, we would be extremely grateful.  If so, please complete the single-page form (attached, #2).







Thank you for all of your support: after all this time, we are in a position to take our vision to the next level with you. 
Kindest regards from the fjords of Sweden,


Who is driving decarbonization?


Last summer, we invited Madeline Rose, Climate Campaign Director at Pacific Environment, to discuss the newly released Shady Ships report. This report is the first to quantify the environmental and public health impacts arising from dirty shipping and to make these issues transparent to the public. 

Their main finding is that the 15 largest retail companies in the US are responsible for a vast majority of ocean pollution due to their reliance on fossil fuels for transoceanic shipping. Even more concerning, those major polluting companies do not disclose the true amount of pollution they produce.

About half a year has passed since the report was published and the regulatory framework remains unclear: in November, the International Maritime Organization – the secretive UN agency ruling maritime transport –  decided to postpone the revision of its emissions reduction strategy to the spring of 2023.

However, the Shady Ship report and the subsequent campaigns have already spurred changes in the maritime shipping industry that we would like to highlight.

Last week, the California Air Resources Board approved updates to its Commercial Harbor Craft Regulation aimed at reducing emissions from harbor craft like tugboats and ferries operated near California’s coast to improve public health in nearby communities: short run ferries, which include those traveling less than three nautical miles over a single run, will be required to be fully zero-emission by the end of 2025. By 2035, the amendments are expected to result in an 89 percent reduction in diesel soot (also known as particulate matter) and a 54 percent reduction in nitrogen oxydes. The amendments will also reduce the cancer risk to over 22 million residents who live near the coast and up to 50 miles inland. 

In October, a Los Angeles City Council member introduced a resolution calling on all major retailers to only use zero-emission ships at the ports of San Pedro Bay and to be completely transitioned to zero-emission shipping by 2030. In addition, last month C40 Cities and the ports of Shanghai and Los Angeles convened to establish a Green Shipping Corridor to decarbonize shipping between the largest ports in the United States and China. The key goals of the partnership are to reduce supply chain emissions, improve air quality in adjacent communities, and eventually phase in zero-carbon fueled ships.

Large shipping companies are also moving; a mere month after the Shady Ships report was published, Maersk announced that it would order new vessels which can use zero-carbon fuel. They will have a fleet of twelve vessels ready by 2024 with engines that can run on green methanol. During the One Ocean Summit that occurred in Brest, France in February, Energy Observer presented a plan for a new multipurpose cargo, hybrid ship fueled by wind & liquid hydrogen. This new development will allow for zero-emission shipping without sacrificing transport capacities.

What’s even more encouraging is that cargo owners now recognize they have a role to play and are actually getting involved: at the end of summer, Ship It Zero launched Amazon Day of Action. They secured local TV coverage in Seattle, WA, and Long Beach, CA, and called on Amazon to commit to zero-emission shipping. In the fall of 2021, nine big companies pledged to move their cargo using zero-carbon fuel ships by 2040. Of these nine companies, two of them – Amazon and Ikea – were listed as top polluters in the 15 company list on the Shady Ships report. 

Even more impactful, France Supply Chain and a coalition of 12 European Cargo Owners recently launched a tender, a call to shipping companies to build and operate wind-powered container ships for some of their transatlantic routes between Europe and North America. 

Despite these successes, Madeline Rose warns that there is still a lot of work to be done. 

Global shipping’s 2021 CO2e emissions increased about 5% from 2020. Of course, 2020 had lower emissions due to the global pandemic but 2021 emissions also significantly surpassed 2019 levels. 

In addition, container ship orders were at an all-time high in 2021. There are currently 619 container ships on order for future delivery: of those 619 ordered container ships, 404 are LNG ships, which, despite being fueled by natural gas, are no better either. 

Although using natural gas is cleaner than burning fuel oil, the ship engines leak methane. This is an issue because methane is one of the strongest greenhouse gases and further contributes to global warming. Despite this, the number of LNG ships is expected to double by 2030. This change is the lowest compliance pathway for the ships to comply with the current IMO targets without having to get rid of fossil fuels. 

While regulations are slow to change, cargo owners and  customers can increase pressure on the shipping supply chains by creating a green shipping demand. Customers can choose whether or not to purchase products based on their knowledge of a company’s shipping practices. However, this can only happen if we are educated on the topic, which is one of the main goals of both the Shady Ships report and the Ship It Zero campaigns. 

Even more impactful, in Europe, a coalition of Cargo Owners recently launched a tender, a call to shipping companies to build and operate wind-powered container ships for some of their transatlantic routes between Europe and North America. 

US cargo owners are not required to report Scope 3 emissions from maritime shipping, yet. However, earlier this week, the SEC unveiled a draft rule that requires US listed companies to disclose their Scope 3 greenhouse gases emissions, if they are included in an emission target set by the company.

To which extent will US cargo owners regain ownership of their shipping activity? Will they wait for liners to bring a solution? Or will they grab the opportunity to influence the propulsion mix by requiring more wind, solar & battery?

One Ocean Summit

For a brief moment, Brest, France was the center of the oceanographic world, where experts, government officials, and maritime professionals gathered at the One Ocean Summit to attempt to heighten global ambitions on solving maritime issues and come up with plans for efficient ocean governance. 

This three-day summit, taking place from 9 to 11 February 2022, addressed a multitude of marine challenges such as biodiversity, pollution, and overfishing. From the words of US climate envoy John Kerry, the “the ocean that makes life on Earth possible, produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe – and even that is at risk. The ocean and climate are inextricably linked. They’re one and the same.” 

This summit was attended by government leaders, institutional officials, and business leaders, but what exactly are their plans for the future, and what is at stake?

Our Oceans

Our oceans cover more than 70% of the surface of our planet but are often a sidelined topic during conversations on climate change and biodiversity at major international events. Oceans regulate the climate on Earth which, in turn, determines rainfall, droughts, floods, and stabilizes global temperatures. They are also the world’s largest carbon reservoir: approximately 83% of the global carbon cycle is circulated through marine waters. They are a life-support system for all organisms on Earth; however, global oceans are threatened by climate change, pollution, and overexploitation of marine resources and we have already begun to experience the consequences. 

Climate Change

Anthropogenic activity, mainly since the start of the industrial revolution, has caused a major increase in the greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. As a result, our atmosphere is trapping more energy from the sun than before. This heat gets absorbed throughout the Earth, including our oceans resulting in higher sea surface temperatures and rising sea levels. A NOAA study has found that global sea levels have gone up 3.4 inches from 1993 to 2019. Sea level rise greatly varies in certain parts of the world though. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact estimates that in South Florida, sea levels will rise another 10-17 inches by 2040. In addition, in some areas of the state tidal flooding has increased 352% since 2000. This reality is shared by many coastal communities throughout the world and threatens to displace millions of people. 

Ocean Pollution

Millions of tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, making up 80% of all marine debris found. These plastics, which mostly enter the oceans from coasts and rivers, are ingested by or entangle marine organisms causing severe injuries and oftentimes death. Ocean pollution also includes eutrophication, which is the process of accumulation of nutrients, such as nitrogen, as a result of air pollution. This nutrient overload causes algae blooms which kill marine life, severely impacting oceanic ecosystems and biodiversity.

Exploitive Fishing

Overfishing creates an imbalance that disturbs the global food web. It not only affects marine life that is becoming dangerously over depleted but also the populations of species that rely on marine life for food. Vulnerable species include sea turtles and corals. Currently, less than two percent of global oceans are set aside as marine reserves. Evidently, there are not enough protective measures in place to prevent ocean exploitation. 

These issues were discussed in depth during the One Ocean Summit. As a result, there were four important initiatives that were highlighted: 

  1. To Protect Marine Resources and Biodiversity

30 new countries have joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People. There are now 84 countries that are committed to the goal of protecting 30% of land and marine areas under national jurisdiction by 2030

14 countries attending the summit have committed to fighting against illegal fishing. Six of the fourteen ratified the Cape Town Agreement of the IMO on safety standards for fishing vessels. In addition, two countries will ratify the FAO Port State Measures Agreement, which will allow for better regulation of fishing activities.

  1. To Combat Ocean Pollution

The French Development Agency and the European Investment Bank launched the Clean Oceans Initiative, which will help reduce plastic pollution in the ocean. These organizations have also provided 4 billion euros in funding by 2025 to fund projects that will reduce plastic waste. In addition, Rodolphe Saadé, chief executive of the shipping company CMA CGM, has announced that they will not transport any plastic waste aboard its ships anymore. 

  1. To Combat Climate Change

Ocean-based solutions to mitigate climate change were a highlight during this summit and were discussed deeply by many Heads of State. Large Ocean States such as Fiji, Tonga, and Palau expressed their concerns about the consequences of sea-level rise and emphasized the importance of coastal ecosystems conservation. In addition, the structuring of a blue carbon market was mentioned during the summit. This market would give an economic valuation of marine and coastal ecosystem services. 

  1. To Improve Ocean Governance

UNESCO has announced that at least 80% of the seabed will be mapped by 2030, compared to 20% currently, with the support of its Member States and the private sector. This is important because, in the words of UNESCO’s Director-General, “How can we succeed in protecting the ocean when we know so little about it?” Having a better understanding of our oceans will help us identify areas that need to be safeguarded and improve ocean governance.


The One Ocean Summit is just the beginning of the global response that is required for ocean protection. This summit placed oceans on international political agendas by highlighting its role in climate and social balances. Government leaders understand that we are obligated to preserve our oceans not only to maintain ecosystem balance but also for human prosperity and health. 


Blue Observer

On today’s episode we welcome Amadeus Beaujolin, director of development for Blue Observer.

This low-carbon, maritime science research organization was created in Brest, France in 2021 and aims to better understand and preserve the ocean by collecting data on marine resources and collect specimens for microbiology.

Iris, the boat used by Blue Observer relies on sail propulsion so their research expeditions are 100% emission-free. 

Blue Observer is also on a mission for an international program called Argo where they sail to collect data on the temperature and salinity in the ocean.

Before the Argo program was started in 2000 then deployed at a global scale, scientists had only tracked oceanic changes along main maritime roads, which Beaujolin estimates to be only 1% of our oceans. 

Partnering with Woods Hole Institution and Ifremer, Blue Observer’s recent mission on the Atlantic has deployed 97 Argo floats. Argo collects now data on more than 50% of our oceans, a massive step for bettering our understanding of the relationship between oceans and climate change.

In addition, there is a sustainable message behind their work: using a sailboat, which is clean and silent, is the most appropriate and ideal tool for studying our oceans and climate change. 

Blue Observer is also participating in the One Ocean Summit. For a brief moment, Brest, France will be the center of the oceanographic world, where experts will gather at the summit to attempt to heighten global ambitions on solving maritime issues and come up with plans for efficient ocean governance.