Cruise line reveals plan to launch emissions-free ship in 2030

Ponant's Swap2Zero ship
By Harry Kemble
06/07/2023
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Ponant has unveiled plans to launch a 100% emissions-free passenger sailing ship within the next seven years.

The French cruise line said the 100-cabin ‘Swap2Zero’ ship, which is due to launch in 2030, will support ‘the evolution towards carbon neutrality’.

The company’s Research and Development team will combine six technologies when the ship is built to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions:

  • A sail power system and hull providing an average of 50% of the propulsion energy using the force of the wind.
  • A surface area totalling over 1,000m2 of photovoltaic panels, with solar eco-designed devices integrated into the structures and sails.
  • A low temperature fuel cell operating on liquid hydrogen for propulsion, with the water and heat produced being recycled.
  • 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.
  • On-board carbon capture technology, coupled with the high temperature fuel cell.
  • An energy management system to control and distribute power without any generators being in service.

The company is working with naval architecture firm Stirling Design International but has not yet selected a shipyard to build the ship.

Chief Executive Herve Gastinel said: “Ponant is a company of sailors focused on exploration and innovation, and it is this pioneering spirit that is inspiring the whole Swap2Zero programme.

“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.

“Our inhouse 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.”

Read more: Review of Ponant’s Le Commandant Charcot expedition ship

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