In addition, an advanced variable pitch propeller will convert kinetic energy into stored electrical energy to power the ship's functions. Due to the high torque efficiency of electric engines, Ceiba's engine will only need to be about 120 horsepower, which is easy half of what would be required for other engine designs.

The vessel's three masts will also provide sufficient sail area to sail in very light winds, but also to provide flexibility and maneuverability for sail changes during heavy weather. Having sail area lower to the deck helps to stabilize the vessel, making her safer.

The three-masts also allow for flexibility when loading or discharging cargo, as her spars double as cranes. The vessel will be able to ship a variety of types of cargo, and will have a chilled hold available.

The construction will use Costa Rican materials wherever possible and will need three years to complete.

Our objective as costa rica's flagship is to demonstrate that a carbon neutral shipping company can not only be financially competitive, but can inspire change and educate.

Ceiba Sailing Cargo Schooner