Ponant moves towards zero carbon navigation with newbuild ship

Ponant moves towards zero carbon navigation with newbuild ship

The Swap2Zero ship combines six groundbreaking technologies

Continuing to pioneer in maritime innovation, Ponant has committed to a newly designed transoceanic ship that supports its evolution towards carbon neutrality. 

The ship, which will be ready by 2030, aims to be a catalyst for new energy solutions for Ponant and the wider industry.

While discussions are ongoing to select the shipyard for the delivery of this cutting-edge vessel, Ponant has chosen to join forces with naval architecture Stirling Design International.

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Ponant CEO Hervé Gastinel said: “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. Renewable energy supplied by the wind and sun will be combined with low-carbon non-fossil energy associated with fuel cells.” 


The Swap2Zero ship is 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 1,000m2 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 programme and will host researchers involved in decarbonisation technologies.

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