TOWT joins Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association as newest member

French sailing freight transport company TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT) has joined the Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association (ZESTAs), a non-profit organization dedicated to a sustainable marine industry.


ZESTAs’ mission is to promote the interests of the zero-emissions ship technology (ZEST) industry. The organization works with regulators and policymakers at national and international levels to introduce legislation that necessitates the uptake of ZEST. Zero emissions means zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the point of use on the vessel with minimal upstream impacts. 

“In ZESTAs’ efforts to foster the creation of Absolute Zero emissions ecosystems, TOWT will definitely be a key player, and yet another example demonstrating that sustainability can coexist seamlessly with economic viability,” ZESTAs stated.

As part of its decarbonization efforts, TOWT recently ordered six additional vessels from French shipbuilder Piriou. The newbuilds are expected to debut in 2026 and 2027.

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TOWT’s fleet will grow to eight ships by 2027, solidifying its position as the owner of the world’s largest fleet of sail cargo ships.

The firm has focused its activities on sailing transport since 2011. The construction of the Phoenix class sailboats will result in a more than 95% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to fossil-powered containerships.

With eight vessels and an announced emissions reduction rate exceeding 95%, TOWT wants to contribute to saving approximately 40,000 tonnes of CO2 by transporting around 200,000 tonnes of goods.