Think Green in Humanitarian Logistics – The Green Vessel of the Caribbean

15 April 2010

When the 32 meter sailing vessel Tres Hombres arrived in Port-au-Prince, the Logistics Cluster was on the move to get hold of its commander, Captain Arjen van der Veen. What was so special about this 70-year old vessel? The answer is Green Logistics.

Tres Hombres

Tres Hombres with supplies to Haiti
© Atlantis Zeilende Handelsvaart

 

Running only on clean energy, generated by wind turbines or recycled vegetable oil, used mainly for navigation purposes, Tres Hombres sets a global example by becoming the first environmentally friendly transatlantic ship to bring humanitarian aid into a disaster area.

Rebuilt three years ago, Tres Hombres sailed off from Holland on 17 January to deliver humanitarian goods from Dutch organisations to the people of Haiti. As part of a pilot project, the captain and his crew are trying to promote sailing ships that would assure ecological and sustainable cargo transport. So when the green vessel Tres Hombres arrived in Port-au-Prince, the Logistics Cluster team led by WFP immediately organised to take advantage of this vessel to transport inter-agency cargo from UNICEF, FAO, and WFP. The vessel sailed from Port-au-Prince to Haiti’s southern port of Jacmel delivering urgently needed relief supplies of school kits, tools, seeds, and nutritious food. The first 12 carbon-free metric tons of humanitarian cargos with the Green Logistics in mind.

To read more about the Green Logistics, please visit the Logistics Operational Guide at http://www.log.logcluster.org

To see the photo gallery related to this story, please visit: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/hti10a/green-pirate-vessel

For information about Tres Hombres and its projects, please visit: http://www.fairtransport.eu/