It is at the heart of the port of Saint-Tropez that the first hydrogen vessel around the world made its 29th official stopover. Accompanied by an interactive exhibition, Energy Observer and its crew presented their Odyssey for the Future to the public from the 11th to the 15th ofAugust.
Saint-Tropez: One of the Mediterranean’s main ports of call
Regarded as a preferred destinations by cruise ship companies and a renowned international business center, the port of Saint-Tropez alone has 734 anchorages divided in two basins. A stopping point that welcomes different types of ships all year round, and presents a major challenge for local authorities as they try to preserve the natural marine heritage. On a daily basis, it is therefore 40 people who work to keep the port functioning properly and raise awareness about how to protect the environment around the port (containers for household waste, interdiction to degas in the port waters, micro recycling station...)
In line with these actions, the city and port of Saint-Tropez welcomed the first hydrogen vessel around the world and its interactive exhibition for a few days.
Energy Observer in Saint-Tropez
While the vessel was moored near Môle Jean Réveille from the 12th to the 16 of August, the Energy Observer “cube” was installed on the Épi quay from the 11th to the 15th of August, in front of the harbor master’s office. A free exhibition to help show tourists and locals about the need to build a cleaner future.
The Mayor of Saint-Tropez on board the vessel
Victorien Erussard, captain and founder of Energy Observer, and his crew welcomed Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of Saint-Tropez, aboard the vessel. During this moment of dialogue, the Mayor expressed his interest in this revolutionary mix of energies, with an eye to making St Tropez’s port cleaner.
Three questions to Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of Saint-Tropez.
Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of Saint-Tropez is looking into large size ocean yachting as a key economic activity to generate funds for the city’s coffers. The mayor however is also aware of the technological challenge that ocean yachting must address to reduce its impact on the environment.
How many yachts are welcomed each year at the port of Saint-Tropez?
The port of Saint-Tropez plays an extremely important role in the city’s operations. From an economic point of view, it is one of the main business drivers. Each year, we welcome between 6,500 and 7,000 yachts, including large size ocean yachts. Moreover, a number of them have Saint-Tropez as their base.
What is the economic contribution of the port of Saint-Tropez?
Saint-Tropez is extremely important in terms of the economy. The port generates an annual turnover of around 9,000,000 euros. This represents an annual net income of 2,500,000 euros which is considerable for the city.
Is there a significant ecological impact due to the number of large size ocean yachts?
The ecological footprint is at the moment one of the negative aspects of the presence of yachts. A real challenge that lies ahead, given current technologies and fuel combustion engines that, from an ecological perspective are far from optimal. This challenge can be addressed with responsible mobility using new sources of energy, including hydrogen.
This stopover was also punctuated by visits from several groups of children from the city’s summer camp. An opportunity for our team to raise awareness in the local community from a young age.
Finally, to close its St. Tropez stopover, Energy Observer got the chance to watch the 14th of August fireworks, shot from a barge in front of the Môle Jean Réveille.
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Energy Observer left the port on the morning of the 16th of August and is currently on a four-day convoy to the Balearic Islands. It will make a stop in Minorca, and then in Majorca.