PONANT reveals wind and solar powered sailing ship

French luxury cruise operator's 14th ocean ship takes shape ahead of 2030 debut

'Solid Sails' are under evaluation | Render: Stirling Design International/PONANT)

PONANT has unveiled details of its highly anticipated new carbon-neutral sailing ship that it plans to have in operation by 2030. The project has been in the works for more than a year, with the first renders now available.

The French luxury expedition cruise operator says its new “pioneering concept” — which was recently teased to Australian media, including LATTE, by PONANT Global CEO Hervé Gastinel — will feature half a dozen “ground-breaking technologies that will redefine future navigation”.

The new sailing ship aims to be a catalyst for new energy solutions for PONANT and the broader industry. PONANT is partnering again with naval architecture Stirling Design International for the ship, and discussions are ongoing to select the shipyard for the delivery of this vastly evolved and cutting-edge vessel.

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“By 2030, our future ship aims to have zero greenhouse gas emissions when sailing, manoeuvring, in port or at anchor. Her carbon footprint will be reduced throughout her life cycle,” Gastinel explained.

“Renewable energy supplied by the wind and sun will be combined with low-carbon non-fossil energy associated with fuel cells.”

With around 100 staterooms and a length overall of 181m, PONANT’s future sailing ship is paving the way to a new era for the maritime industry. In line with new European and international regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, PONANT is adopting an unprecedented eco-design approach. This is a major advancement in shipbuilding with selection of equipment and materials based on an analysis of their life cycle through to the recycling of waste.

Hervé Gastinel, CEO, PONANT

PONANT’s project has strong replicability potential to speed up decarbonisation of the shipbuilding industry.

As part of the call for tenders process, two sail propulsion systems are being considered. Above is a 3D image of Swap2Zero with Solid Sail technology. | Render: Stirling Design International/PONANT)

Swap2Zero aims for zero CO2 eq* emissions in operation, with one-month autonomy, by being the first to combine six major decarbonisation technology building blocks:

  1. A sail power system and hull providing an average of 50% of the propulsion energy using the force of the wind;
  2. A surface area totalling over 1,000 square-metres of photovoltaic panels, with new generation organic solar eco-designed devices integrated into the structures and sails;
  3. A low temperature fuel cell operating on liquid hydrogen for propulsion, with the water and heat produced being recycled;
  4. A high temperature fuel cell to meet the ship’s hotel load requirements, with the heat emitted being recovered and used to produce hot water;
  5. On-board carbon capture technology, coupled with the high-temperature fuel cell;
  6. An innovative bespoke energy management system to control and distribute power without any generators being in service.

The Swap2Zero ship is also part of the PONANT SCIENCE program in line with the luxury expedition cruise operator’s commitment to scientists. The vessel will host researchers involved in decarbonisation technologies, a major challenge in the battle to control global warming.

3D image of Swap2Zero project. In the call for tenders process, two sail propulsion systems are being considered, above is Ayro Oceanwings® technology | Render: Stirling Design International/PONANT)

Gastinel continued, saying: “PONANT is a company of sailors focused on exploration and innovation, and it is this pioneering spirit that is inspiring the whole Swap2Zero program.

“This is much more than a new ship. We want to offer a new mode of navigation and actively contribute to decarbonisation of the maritime sector,” Gastinel said.

“Our inhouse R&D team has brought together the best specialists in shipbuilding and renewable energy to imagine and develop an energy model that aims at zero emissions. With Swap2Zero, we are building a French technological showcase to convince other stakeholders to commit to carbon-neutral navigation,” the CEO added.

* CO2 eq = well to wheel CO2 equivalent emissions; takes into account CO2, Methane, N20 emissions

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