Coffee exports from South America to a roasting plant in Quebec, US, will be powered by hydrogen cargo ships with Café William teaming with Sailcargo, revealed today (Nov 11).
Using a unique vessel named Ceiba, coffee beans will be transported on a three masted traditional topsail schooner being built at the world’s first regenerative shipyard in Costa Rica, Sailcrago said.
The Ceiba will have an auxilery electric engine which will be able to be fuelled using a combination of green hydrogen fuel cells with batteries regenerated by variable pitch propellers.
Danielle Doggett, Founder and CEO of Sailcargo, said, “This is a world premiere in the shipping industry.
“The Ceiba is a sustainably built vessel that will sail 250 tonnes of cargo, with zero emissions. When it goes into operation in 2023, it will be the world’s largest active, clean ocean freight vessel.”
Serge Picard, Owner of Café William, said, “We have been investing for several years to rethink the value chain and make it sustainable and this innovation is part of that commitment.
“Since coffee trees do not grow in cold regions like ours, it is inevitable that they are transported over long distances.
“Our investment in this innovative project will allow us to considerably reduce our carbon footprint and, along with our other projects, to eventually produce a zero-emission coffee, a first in the coffee world.”
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