Brigantes – Sail-powered Shipping

Mobility & Transport Climate Communication



Restauration of a historic tall ship to be used for low-emission transportation of organic products


Project Facts

Location
Austria, Italy
Vienna and Trapani (Sicily)

Project Volume
1-5 Mio. EUR

Applied Financing Solutions
Private Equity, Crowdfunding

Project Dates
Start: 2016
In operation since/from: 2019

The Story

The Brigantes Project is about the restauration of a historic tall ship from 1911 to be reused for low-emission transportation of organic products, thus promoting the benefits of carbon neutral shipping.

Together with its sail-cargo partners Brigantes will soon be able to move hundreds of tons of selected organic products by the sole power of the wind: coffee and cocoa beans from South America to Europe; Mediterranean products such as wines, oil etc. to Northern Europe and the Americas. Yet Brigantes is more than just about low-emission transportation and sailing; it’s about sustainable economy and tourism, seamanship, wellbeing, arts...

Believing in a fair and respectful way of producing and working, the project team aims to create a new sustainable business model that empowers local producers, restores the traditional seasonal food consumption and gastronomy, and protects and preserves natural resources. Moreover, the project is about changing minds: traditional sailing ships as a symbol for a change long due; a lighthouse project to raise awareness of the true costs of shipping on environment, societies and future generations!

Success Factor | Hero Moment
Brigantes started as a grass-root movement and still is. Since 2016, the community has grown from a few enthusiastic visionaries to hundreds of dedicated supporters and helpers who are investing their time, skills and money. The ship – a historical schooner built in 1911 – was saved from demolition in 2016 and after a meticulous renovation the hull was christened as SV-BRIGANTES in May 2019 in Trapani (Sicily). At the same time 4 tons of coffee beans were sailed to Europe and Brigantes Coffee was launched in Austria and Italy. Coffee is the perfect product to carry Brigantes’ story and its strong message while sustaining the economy of the entire project. In 2020, Brigantes will have its sail-cargo partners sail the next 8 tons of organic coffee beans to Europe for distribution to selected eco-hotels, restaurants and coffee houses.

Submitter
Sail-powered Shipping GmbH, Austria

Contact Mail
daniel@brigantes.eu

Website
www.brigantes.eu

Keywords
Innovation, Water Transport, Awareness Raising