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International Windship Association | May 27, 2024

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El Nino Clipper – IWSA Supporter

El Nino Clipper – IWSA Supporter


EL NINO Clipper

The Sailing Ship servicing Magnificent Micronesia
Safe, Efficient, Ocean Friendly
The Link between the Islands
EL NINO clipper is a model of multi-purpose sailing vessel with complete engine propulsion, bio-diesel electric, transporting up to 100 passengers with tourist facilities plus containerized, palletized, bulk cargo, 4 twenty foot containers and vehicles. Cruising speed up to 15 knots, she is suitable for research and rescue missions and we hope many others…

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Mission : We’ll connect with the most remote communities on earth, allowing transportation of people and goods, on a regular basis, at reasonable operational cost. We’ll enable economical development, allowing trading, tourism, governmental and scientific missions to reach them, bringing hope to the youngest. We’ll protect the gifts of Nature of the Pacific Ocean, serving the communities who are its guardians, using mainly renewable energy propulsion.

1. This Project intends to support the Yap State in its efforts to reduce its use of diesel fuel for marine transportation. This is proposed to be accomplished through improved transportation efficiency through the use of a new generation sailing ship matched to the needs of the Outer Islands in the State of Yap and the Micronesian Region.

2. An 80 years life time vessel of approximately 50 meters – 164 feet with efficient, modern, easy to maintain propulsion system, highly performant, long lasting rigging and sails, major associated equipment to be used both as ferry and cargo ship will be specified for purchase and construction. The vessel will sail mainly across the north-western Pacific Region, servicing all the islands of Micronesia, with occasional sea routes towards Asia, Philippines, Hawaii, PNG and South Pacific.
The approach should favour smart combinations of proven solutions.
Mono-hull clipper is preferred since (i) it is the least costly option; (ii) there is less likelihood of damage due to typhoons; and (iii) cargo transport implies high displacement, in this scenario long hull(s) are a condition for speed to compete with fossil fuelled powered vessel. Furthermore tackling the wind is traditionally easier with mono-hull which contributes to increase safety. Nevertheless the final solution must take into account passengers comfort and unloading of the ship in the outer-islands (which traditionally have been using proas for centuries).

3. For design purposes, the project will assume that the wind resource is economically adequate for 6 months of the year as an average. The vessel will benefit of 6 months of north-western trade winds in winter time in the Micronesian region plus other suitable weather conditions in the other sea routes of the Pacific as these voyages will be mostly scheduled according to seasonal sailing conditions. A Three masts ship is proposed for design and construction, capable of reaching 15kts under sails or with diesel/electric propulsion.

4. A complete study of the targeted region will be made independently so that the ensuing project will be socially, economically and environmentally acceptable. The independent team will work with the Yap State Transportation Department, FSM and other PICs to ensure that at present time and in the future, maritime transportation needs between all the Caroline islands are satisfied in harmony with existing efficient systems.

5. Because the best sails cannot provide efficient transportation during the summer time, a fuel efficient propulsion system will be sized to meet the same requirements in terms of maximum speed. In no wind normal operating conditions, the proposed cruising speed is reduced to 10kts. Adding the performance of a well-designed hull of a sailing ship, this is expected to increase operational fuel efficiency sufficiently to provide a good rate of return on the investment. The engine shall be able to run on diverse diesel fuels including biodiesels. Diesel gen-sets for main propulsion (Full blade feathering CPP) and maneuverability(electric thrusters)are favoured as they are likely to be more environmentally friendly.

6. A full financial and economic analysis of the proposed transportation system, including shipbuilding, purchasing of equipment and services, future operation and maintenance will be conducted.


AddressColonia - Yap State – Federated States of Micronesia - FM 96943
Phone691 350 4427 / 691 350 4178