• Submitted by: Prospective Internationale
  • Topic: Sustainable transport
  • Keywords: transport, maritime
  • Location: Belgium
  • Date of completion: 20 Dec 2019
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In Support of Rio+20 Future We Want
This initiative is in support of paragraph 132 of the Rio+20 outcome document, the Future We Want
Deliverables & Resources
Sail for Ethics
Description/achievement of initiative

Sail for Ethics -S4E- has for objective to foster maritime transport worldwide using hybrid sailing cargoes/passengers ships reconstructed from used freighters and trawlers, promoting locally owned fleets in developing and emerging countries to increase sustainable South-North and South-South transport of goods -with a special focus on fair trade products- and passengers. The reconstruction process takes place at local level, benefiting local population with employment and professional skills training. Sail for Ethics also supports and participate to sustainable tourism activities.

Implementation methodologies

Sail for Ethics has been launched in 2013 and it is currently implemented on a step-by-step basis. Each step is SWOT analyzed and production costs modeled on a prospective budget:
First step - 2013-2015
- acquire and renovate a used cargo ship/trawler to model technical aspects and budget (82' ship bought in 2013, currently under renovation)
- promote concept among institutions and private sector at international level and gather sponsors (under way)
- build up training professional team and document renovation technics (2014-15)
- investigate goods, passengers and tourism market models (2014-15)
Second step - 2016-2018
- set up first Sustainable Harbor -S4ESH- in a developing/emerging country (2016)
- carry on first professional training on ship renovation on S4ESH (2017-18)
Third step - 2019-2021
- establish network of S4ESH across several countries (2019)
- renovate various S4E ships in different S4ESH
- develop national and international transport market

Deliverable Date
Study on Sail for Ethics production process model 2014
Sail for Ethics market and financial plan 2015
Sail for Ethics network prospects 2016
Sail for Ethics Ship Renovation Guide 2017
Type Details
Financing (in USD) $100,000
In-kind contribution 200000
Staff / Technical expertise 200000
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