Dutch Shipyard Talsma and EcoClipper have entered into a partnership. Together, they will work on the conversion of the sailing ship De Tukker into a sailing cargo and passenger vessel.

Shipyard Talsma, based in Franeker, has extensive experience in shipbuilding and retrofitting and will be responsible for the large-scale steel construction on De Tukker. The crew of the sustainable shipping company EcoClipper will take care of the maintenance, rigging and furnishing.

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When founder Jorne Langelaan bought De Tukker on behalf of EcoClipper, Jelle Talsma, CEO of the Talsma shipyard, took part in the first inspection of the ship, he immediately remarked: ‘This ship is beautifully lined and well built. It is clear from the many authentic details, that the former owners had a heart for their ship. We are happy to help EcoClipper, to bring this ship back into the freight business.’

EcoClipper De Tukker
De Tukker at Shipyard Talsma.

Conversion plans

Last week, De Tukker was moved to a construction hall of the shipyard in Franeker. The renovation of the ship includes returning the day room and galley to their former function as cargo hold. On deck, in front of the mizzen mast, a small deckhouse with a new galley will be built. All spars and all standing and running rigging will be checked and re-equipped. De Tukker is registered as a sailing cargo ship, sailing the North Sea, Irish Sea and Baltic Sea.

Jorne Langelaan comments: ‘We are delighted to work with shipyard Talsma for the renovation of De Tukker. Jelle Talsma is not only an expert in this field, but he is an avid sailor of traditional sailing ships and shares many of the ideals and values we have at EcoClipper.’

EcoClipper has recently launched a funding campaign whereby investors can invest in the EcoClipper Coöperatie U.A. This will allow investors to become co-owners of a future fleet of sailing vessels, including De Tukker.

Picture (top): De Tukker leaving Den Helder.

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