Our mission is to engage and bridge coastal communities using an innovative combination of: CO2-free maritime transport, united with an onboard platform for cultural exchange and education.
Wind propelled cargo ships were widely used throughout history as the main transporters of goods over long distances. During the last century, propelling techniques have switched from wind towards combustion engines combusted by heavy fuels and contributing greatly to increasing greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere. In today’s global warming context, Hawila aims to revive the concept of traditional wind propelled cargo ships to open reflection on alternative environmental friendly ways of marine propulsion in the transport sector. The aim is to develop an ethical and CO2-free transport alternative to ensure regular deliveries of clean and ethically produced goods from the producer to the consumer. Hawila will be sailing across the Atlantic and across Europe with a cargo capacity of 50 tons.
By conducting interactive harbor activities and collaboration with schools, Hawila aims at building awareness about globalisation along her route. Through the past years, Hawila has become a hub of ideas on alternatives, challenging the current system of production, consumption and transportation. By joining Hawila’s activities you also learn about traditional sailing and maintenance skills using natural and environmental friendly product.
Hawila being an ancient wooden vessel with a rich history and surrounded by a great community, she has heartened many artists and activists. We believe that collaboration with meaningful art projects facilitates knowledge sharing and awakes curiosity. As art and games can open minds to create visions and actions, Hawila is used as a platform for performances and workshops around sustainability and traditional sailing.
Hawila Project is the non-profit organisation owning Hawila. The organization is powered by volunteers and was launched in winter 2014 in order to maintain, renovate, and sail the Hawila.