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AstilleroVerde (Spanish for “Green Shipyard”), is a non-profit association committed to supporting the sustainable development of coastal communities and the restoration of local landscapes, by implementing free educational programs, professional training and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as coordinating and implementing a multi-year reforestation program.

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A Shipyard for Coastal Communities

As an affiliate of SAILCARGO INC. AstilleroVerde’s is an eco-shipyard, located in Punta Morales, bordered by mangroves, and the home of Ceiba, a cargo vessel in the making that, once operational, will be the largest emission free cargo ship in the world. AstilleroVerde is proving that shipbuilding can be a sustainable business by applying social, economical and ecological regenerative practices.

Educational Programs

AstilleroVerde aims to empower our local communities by providing access to education and the possibility of learning life skills that are relevant and can be transformed into a future source of income. All courses and workshops are free of charge to all members of the community. Visit our website for more information about the courses currently being offered.

So far we have offered courses on the following topics:
  - Sustainable wooden boat building
  - Blacksmithing and tool making
  - Lofting
  - Post and Beam construction
  - English language
  - Bread baking

Reforestation Program

AstilleroVerde’s reforestation program, TreesForSeas, is working to restore forest connectivity and function within the Bellbird Biological Corridor, focusing on the integration of working lands into forest matrices to promote both ecological and socioeconomic resilience. The purpose of this project is to reduce the impacts of climate change and promote sustainable development by planting trees to restore resilient ecosystems, sequester carbon, and empower communities.

Still in its infancy, this project launched in 2020, with the overall goal of planting 12,000 trees by the time Ceiba, SAILCARGO INC. first ship, sets sail. 2,000 trees have already been planted on two hectares of land in the Monteverde region. Moving forward, we are expanding our efforts to include tropical dry forest restoration, which is one of the most sensitive and degraded forest types in Latin America. Our goal for 2021 is to plant 3,000 native trees on 12 hectares in the Morales area on the Gulf of Nicoya.

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