The sea provokes dreams which its protagonists seek to turn into reality through a continuous quest for innovative technologies giving them the full benefit of the wealth and opportunities the sea provides. The visionary ideas of great maritime projects are pushing back the boundaries of speed, of the open sea, of the ocean deeps and of knowledge. Today, whether completed or still in progress, they are also the portents of developing markets and tomorrow will be key sectors, and decisive factors for giving France a competitive edge. They are a rallying call for all of France, reflecting the excellence of its companies and the boldness of a community of professionals carrying the symbols of success on to the international stage.
The fastest trimaran in the world is an amalgam of dream and advanced technology. This extraordinary yacht skims over oceans at very high speed and combines state-of-the-art technology in aviation and marine engineering. The Hydroptère is a unique groundbreaking project that conveys an unusually powerful combination of technological and human values. Its aim is to demonstrate the ocean-going potential of “flying” yachts. In 2009 Alain Thébault, its designer and skipper, held the world sailing speed record over a nautical mile (50.17 knots or an average of 95 km/h). Now, Alain Thébault, Anders Bringdal, Philippe Perrier and Boris Prat are working on the iDroptere, a high speed sailing project with the goal of exceeding an average speed of 80 knots! The first prototype of the new generation is due to launch next spring.
The New France Cruise Ship
The world of cruises has never experienced such rapid expansion.
33 new cruise ships are planned for construction by 2019, mainly for the mass market sector.
With 600,000 French cruise passengers in 2014, the national market is constantly growing.
It is thus the right time to take this opportunity to offer to the fellow citizens a new national emblem, the heritage of the prestigious French transatlantic past.
The new FRANCE offers a different cruise experience.
This floating ambassador of the "French touch", which can accommodate 800 passengers, has a revolutionary design, inspired by the mythic chimneys of the old France. The outline of its powerful hull slope sat the back into successive terrace sending in a marina allowing passengers direct access to the sea.
It also brings together the talent of great French interior designers with the gastronomy of Alain Ducasse.
Hugely innovative, it also boasts ecological qualities that will be the privilege of vessels of the future.
Take the time, enjoy the space, rediscover the sea: the ambition of this cruise ship is to fly high the colours of France and its many talents.
The Neoline project was init iated by a multidisciplinary group of French Merchant Navy professionals who set up a joint work structure – the Neoline Association – to promote the novel and ambitious idea of planning and building a mostly wind powered cargo ship – a nonpolluting, efficient means of transport complying with the most stringent environmental standards.
The NEOLINER, a 5,300 ton ro-ro ship fitted with innovative duplex rigging and equipped with an electric diesel auxiliary propulsion system, will offer shippers a freight service in line with market regularity and efficiency standards. Thanks to its objective of a 90% reduction in hydrocarbon consumption, the Neoliner will be able to meet stringent requirements in cost control and environmental excellence.
The Neoliner prototype will sail on the transatlantic route, linking Northern Europe to Quebec. Success with the Neoline project should make it possible to commission a fleet of ships adapted to different sea routes.
An eco-innovation, a bottling plant on the high seas
OFW Ships is a French shipping company that operates and offers a bottling plant on board a ship. Leased to customers in the beverage or distribution world, the marine bottling boat combines production and packaging at the same time as the delivery route.
This ship sails far from the coast to collect water at a depth of about 300 meters, where it is abundant, pure and rich in minerals. The on-board bottling plant refines the water collected, bottles and packages it, while making its way to its port of delivery.
An eco-friendly way of producing, transporting and recycling
By combining production and delivery on board, OFW Ships' bottling vessels significantly reduce the environmental impact and international logistics required to transport bottled water by sea. This eco-production has the effect of minimizing the carbon footprint.
These bottling water vessels are aiming at a neutral environmental impact. Thus, each ship recycles the plastic from used bottles into pallets. In the course of its navigation, it regulates its speed to save fuel, is air-conditioned by the cold waters of the depths and uses new eco-solutions.
The bottled Deep Sea Water, a market of the future
The Deep Sea Water market is growing rapidly. OFW Ships will be able to supply 100 million liters per year.
SeaOrbiter is the brainchild of marine architect Jacques Rougerie, and is the only vessel of its type in the world. It represents a new concept in continuous 24 hour manned underwater observation. It will provide scientists with a unique opportunity to study marine phenomena, especially those involved in global warming, and add to our knowledge of the rich diversity of resources in the oceans and on our planet as a whole in order to conserve them.
It is also an authentic platform for communication, accessible to education, and the vehicle of a new adventure offered to researchers around the Mediterranean, Europe and the world.
It is, finally, an innovative technical project, an advanced platform designed to test cutting edge technologies in multiple fields, especially those associated with renewable and sustainable marine energy.
The pressurized laboratory at the heart of the vessel is an authentic space simulator that will allow a crew of 6 to 8 astronauts from NASA or ESA (European Space Agency) to train for future manned space flights and carry out unrestricted extra-vehicular activity in the surrounding subsea environment, making observations and doing experiments similar to those carried out in space.
Multi-purpose Offshore Platforms
The shift of industrial activities to offshore environments responds to 21st century needs: exploitation of energy and mineral resources, MRE, fresh water, fish farms and offshore ports against congestion on coasts, etc. Multi-purpose offshore platforms represent an original option for accommodating these activities.
Comprised of concrete floatation chambers joined together by flexible links using a modular adaptive architecture, MPOP will be large infrastructures that can withstand large swell conditions. Modularity will make the tasks of movement, assembly and maintenance much easier.
The first contracts planned are for offshore ports and offshore logistics support, support for MRE farms and fish farms, then development of the marine bio-resources, before accommodating other activities (pleasure boating, desalination plants, etc.)
Several projects are under study in Europe and in other parts of the world, and the advantages of French industry (naval, offshore, Public Works) place it in the front line for the development of these multi-purpose offshore platforms.
This development requires the active collaboration of everyone in the maritime economy (marine and civil engineers), whether they are the designers, the builders or the future users, in a joint effort to meet the numerous challenges that will arise (economic, technical, environmental, socio-cultural, legal, etc.).
As this project, supported by the CMF and the CORICAN, is still at the exploratory stage, the R&D work is awaiting public support.