Hop on-board the ENERGY OBSERVER and follow its 2020 odyssey from Saint-Malo to Tokyo

By ENGIE - 02 March 2020 - 17:28

ENERGY OBSERVER is setting off on its odyssey! The very first hydrogen vessel is embarking on the longest journeys in its history, preparing to cross the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In 2020, it will sail to Tokyo for a major stepover during the Olympic Games, before going to California, a pioneering region of the energy revolution. The crew will travel tens of thousands of nautical miles to carry France’s message about the need to preserve the planet and to inspire as many people as possible.


Just a few months after returning from its grand tour of northern Europe, the first self-powered, zero-emission hydrogen vessel is back on the seas and taking on the world! Between 8 and 12 sailors, engineers and reporters will start by sailing this year to Hawaii and Tokyo, where ENERGY OBSERVER’s captain Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, expedition leader and documentary film maker, will have the privilege of carrying the Olympic flame. Then, the crew will travel tens of thousands of nautical miles to San Francisco, then from San Diego to Noumea, and then on to Africa before returning to France at the end of 2023.

During this human odyssey, the adventurers will meet actors for change, working for greener energies, protection of biodiversity, or helping populations without access to water, food, education or energy... In partnership with the public authorities, the crew members have been appointed the first French ambassadors for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


A few months of maintenance work and some technological additions were all that was needed to enable it to begin its journey of several thousand nautical miles around the world.


Solemn ceremony and cheering for the official departure

On February the 17th, Arnaud Leroy, president of the French environment and energy management agency Ademe, was there, accompanied by the mayor of Saint-Malo Claude Renoult, to give the crew the traditional “tampion”, the cover for the muzzle of artillery cannon which over time has become a maritime lucky charm. Victorien Erussard, founder and captain of ENERGY OBSERVER, and Jérôme Delafosse, expedition leader and documentary film maker, took the opportunity to thank their partners, old and new. As official partner, ENGIE wished best luck to the crew and will follow closely the boat’s travels and stopovers. Our teams in Morocco will soon take over, meeting ENERGY OBSERVER during its first stop.

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