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      Cape Town, South Africa

      It's time for our Odyssey's 80th stopover! Our laboratory vessel joined the shore team and her educational exhibition village in sunny Cape Town, after a difficult crossing from Gqeberha. This event will gather many institutional, industrial, and academic players committed to making the energy transition a reality accessible to all.

      Coming from: Gqeberha, South Africa

      Weather conditions: Sunny

      Time of arrival: 5:00 PM

      Hydrogen storage level:
      Energy Observer's arrival in Cape Town

      The mythical Cape of Good Hope passage

      Energy Observer's mythic passage of the Cape of Good Hope

      “It's amazing that a boat from Saint-Malo is rounding this cape, because Saint-Malo and the Cape of Good Hope hold a long history: it represents the spice route, and our forefathers passed through here time and again, so we're in their wake!”

      Marin Jarry, captain of Energy Observer

      Victorien Erussard and the entire Energy Observer team were waiting for the legendary catamaran at the V&A Waterfront marina, where our educational exhibition village has been set up and which will be open to the public from June 12 to 18!

      • Energy Observer's arrival in Cape Town
      • Energy Observer's arrival in Cape Town
      • Energy Observer's arrival in Cape Town

      South Africa is currently experiencing a serious energy crisis with daily power cuts. Cape Town is thus an essential stopover for Energy Observer's Odyssey, which aims to share its decarbonization solutions and continue its educational mission that aims to mobilize and federate expertise to accelerate the energy transition.

      Mythical passage of the Cape of Good Hope

      “For Energy Observer, this stopover in South Africa is fundamental to understanding the issues facing the BRICS countries as they move towards low-carbon energy production. Exploding energy demand, galloping demographics, and dependence on fossil fuels. These are the components of an equation that forces us to rethink energy systems that have taken decades to build and the very structure of our socio-economic model.”

      Victorien Erussard, Captain and Founder of Energy Observer

      Before this stopover, Victorien Erussard had the opportunity to travel the region from Cape Town to the coal-mining sector of Mpumalanga to make a 2-part 15-minute film on the country's energy transition challenges.

      • Victorien Erussard tackling South Africa's energy challenging in Cape Town
      • Energy Observer Productions tackling South Africa's energy challenging in Cape Town
      • Victorien Erussard in Signal Hill
      • Victorien Erussard tackling South Africa's energy transition challenges in Hendrani

      A memorable inauguration

      The launch of our stopover was welcomed and supported by many institutional players, and our Odyssey partners especially Accor, Air Liquide, Toyota and CMA CGM.

      • Visit onboard of Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science & Innovation
      • Visit onboard of Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science & Innovation
      • Energy Observer's exhibition village inauguration in Cape Town
      • Visit onboard of Dr Thembakazi Mali, Senior Vice President: of Research and Technology at Sasol

      “We are proud to support Energy Observer in its mission to promote renewable energy deployment. This partnership aligns with our commitment to sustainability and reflects our belief in the power of technology and partnerships to address climate change. By working together, we can drive positive change and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.”

      Dr Thembakazi Mali, Sasol Senior Vice President for Research and Technology at Sasol, event partner

      An unprecedented audiovisual production

      The auditorium of our exhibition village will be the scene of several events:

      • A ground-breaking documentary screening on South Africa's energy transition, hosted by Victorien Erussard.
      • The world of education will be mobilized for National Youth Day on June 16, when Mr. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, will take part in the opening of the "Youth in Innovation" exhibition organized by Sasol, the stopover's event partner.
      • On June 17, Energy Observer and the University of Cape Town's Energy Systems Research Group will host a round-table discussion on the state of research and green hydrogen in the Southern African context.
      • Meetings with the crew

      Practical information

      • Dates: June 12 to 20
      • Opening of the exhibition village: Open to the public from June 12 to 18, from 10 am to 6 pm.
      • Free admission
      • Address docking boat and village: Jetty 2, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront - Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

      * The boat will be visible but cannot be visited by the general public.

      Event partner

      • Sasol, event partner

      Host partner

      • V&A Waterfront, host partner