Ponant’s next ship to have ‘no impact on environment’

Ponant is designing a ship that will have “no impact on the environment” when sailing.

The French cruise line has been working on the new concept for several months, according to Mathieu Petiteau, its research and development director.

Ponant plans to conclude an initial study into the design of its 14th ship by the end of 2022 before launching the vessel in 2025.

The line aims to create a ship that can combine several non-fossil fuel energy sources, including wind propulsion.

Petiteau said: “We’re assessing all the potential impacts: discharges into the atmosphere and water, microplastics, noise levels, and social and human impacts.

“A total new generation ship needs to be designed and we intend to deliver it.”

The project is in line with Ponant’s six environmental commitments, which include reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.

Last year the line launched a hybrid electric powered icebreaker vessel – Le Commandant Charcot (pictured) – powered by liquefied natural gas.

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