Tres Hombres Documentary


I stepped on board of the Tres Hombers at the well know port of the Azores, eager to make a documentary of this sailing cargo ship, the Fair Transport philosophy and his crew. I put myself in an adventure not really knowing what to expect. The first step on board already had a strange Bold and Beautiful feeling. But the wind, the sun and my equipment were there so… let’s Sail! Starting an adventure I will never forget.

FAIRTRANSPORT: It is their primary intention to sail cargo emission free, with a focus on transporting special products which are organic, or crafted traditionally – such as Olive Oil, Wine and Rum. In addition, to raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution created by the modern shipping industry.

TRES HOMBRES: After the restoration of the brigantine Tres Hombres, the ship was added to the fleet of Fairtransport in Transatlantic Emission Free Freight Service to the Caribbean, from Europe. As the world’s only Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship, she has become famous in her own right.

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Being a full crew member, learning all the ropes and sails, filming, interview crew members, recording sounds etc. I had my short rest in bed to read the book “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad.

For the first time at the ocean, which is beauty beyond words, this book felt like a story I was living. Sailing this cargo ship felt like being in another world. Crew frustrations, sailing in storms, being soaked wet and cold, I raised my head and stared into the deep dark skies with the illumination of million of stars, getting lost in a long gaze.

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Heart of Darkness

‘Their minds are of the stay-at-home order, and their home is always with them—the ship; and so is their country—the sea.’

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Meeting and talking to the crew was such an inspiring experience. They came from all over the world to sail the Tres Hombres. From Norway, Switzerland, France, England etc. All working hard in a tight shift and for some to get knowledge and experiences for their own personal organizations they were setting up. Their enthusiasm impressed me, to look at and understand the world objectively what is really happening. Putting effort to change things in their own way. I interviewed these sailors who really care about our future in balance with nature.

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Heart of Darkness

‘What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth! The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empires.’

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