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Vermont Boat Project targets a new model for carbon-free shipping @VTSailFreight

Vermont Boat Project targets a new model for carbon-free shipping @VTSailFreight

In Vermont Boat Project, A New Model for Carbon-Free Shipping By Mat McDermott 31 July 2013 This week a new sailing barge was launched on Lake Champlain that its backers hope will soon be in the vanguard of a new carbon-neutral shipping alternative. The 39-foot Ceres — built by volunteers from the Vermont Sail Freight Project and farmer Erik Andrus — is an update on the type of cargo vessels that once plied the inland waterways throughout the northeastern U.S. Like them, the Ceres will sail without any sort of motorized assistance. With the Ceres, the Vermont Sail Freight Project , which is supported by the nonprofit Willowell Foundation , hopes to prove that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method for the 21st century, connecting small-scale farmers in Vermont and upstate New York with customers along the Hudson River south to New York City — all while reduci...

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