A nuclear-powered superyacht designed to save the world

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(CNN)— The ultimate symbol of wealth, the super yacht has undergone dramatic changes Surge Demand is high during the pandemic because the super-rich desire privacy and social distancing in the most luxurious and unique form.

Orders continue to flow in, adding to a growing global fleet of thousands of superyachts-loosely defined as luxury yachts with a length of at least 80 feet and a professional crew.

Large super yachts have had a disproportionately negative impact on the planet.

According to one calculate Research by anthropologists at Indiana University shows that a person with a fixed crew, helipad, submarine, and swimming pool emits more than 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Multiplied by 300-approximately the number of superyachts in the world that comply with the Act-equivalent to more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide, more than personal annual emissions A quarter of the countries in the world.

Now, a proposed ship aims to take advantage of the luxury aura of a superyacht and combine it with scientific research to create an emission-free giant ship that brings together climate scientists and the rich to bravely seek rescue Earth.

“Why not bring the richest people in the world to the smartest and smartest scientists and let them experience what is happening firsthand?” asked Aaron Olivera, a Gibraltar-born Singaporean entrepreneur behind this idea.

“The rich can buy anything they want online, but they cannot buy a new mental model to see the world.”

Floating computer

If built, this new ship would even dwarf the world's largest superyacht.

If built, this new ship would even dwarf the world’s largest superyacht.

Courtesy Earth 300

If built, this new ship will be named Earth 300 with a length of 300 meters or 984 feet, even if it is the largest superyacht in the world—— Azam, 590 feet long, Owned by the royal family of Abu Dhabi.

The initial design is stylish and bold, with a unique 13-layer sphere that can accommodate two dozen scientific laboratories. They will collect data from ship voyages, hoping to come up with solutions to help alleviate the climate crisis.

Entering an open source platform that allows the global community to participate, they will be supported by a quantum computer, a new type of computer that uses the properties of quantum mechanics to achieve incredible speed and power.

Like most of the technologies that Olivera hopes to incorporate Earth 300, Quantum computers are not yet commercially available, but they are currently the subject of experimental research by companies such as Google and IBM.

Most of the capacity of the ship’s 425 people will be borne by two main groups: 165 crew and 160 scientists.

Olivera said there will also be 20 students and 20 resident experts—economists, engineers, explorers, artists, activists, and politicians—to form a “multidisciplinary melting pot.”

The only paying guests will be wealthy tourists occupying the 20 VIP suites on the ship, and the estimated cost per person is slightly more than US$1 million to fund scientific research.

But forget about exclusivity.

“This ship will be a floating computer that will allow people from all over the world to participate in the journey. This means that these rich people on board will have to share their experiences with the world, not just between them. ,” Oliveira said.

A round-the-world ship

Earth 300 is designed as a non-emission ship.

Earth 300 is designed as a non-emission ship.

Courtesy Earth 300

Oliveira said that he envisioned Earth 300 as the iconic object of this generation and compared it with the Olympic torch and the Eiffel Tower.

“The reason we built a ship is that climate change is a global problem, so it needs a global vehicle,” he said, adding that the oceans are the beating heart of the earth because they absorb most of the carbon. But he also hopes that people will gather together in a closed environment and experience some sense of adventure and even danger.

“Bonds made on a boat are very different from bonds made in static buildings. When was the last time you took an adventure inside a building?”

Olivera has a background in luxury and hospitality in Singapore. He said that Earth 300 was inspired by his diving in the Maldives and seeing corals that were dying. He envisioned this ship as a way to combine two colliding worlds-luxury and environmental protection.

“We want to create a new brand of enlightened explorers that will reverse the way people see the rich and show that they can and should lead the way,” he said.

The idea of ​​a luxury research ship is not entirely new. REV Ocean is a similar project from Norway. It is a 600-foot-long, US$350 million superyacht designed to investigate overfishing, climate change and plastic pollution.

Funded by fishery and oil drilling giant Kjell Inge Røkke, it was originally planned to start in 2022, but the project has already Postponed by three to five years Due to ship construction issues.

The estimated cost of Earth 300 is US$700 million, twice that of REV Ocean. Olivera is looking for shipyards in Germany and South Korea to build. He said that the preliminary design and naval engineering of this ship have been completed and he hopes to prepare for the maiden voyage of this decade.

“I think 2025 is possible for us. It’s just a matter of putting the bargaining chip in place in the next six months or so, once we have a funding plan,” he said, adding that funding will also come from private investors. “Traditional Banking Tools”.

Nuclear power?

Designer Aaron Olivera said he hopes to use experimental nuclear technology to power the ship.

Designer Aaron Olivera said he hopes to use experimental nuclear technology to power the ship.

Courtesy Earth 300

Initially, the ship will use green synthetic fuels, but in order to meet the requirements of completely zero emissions, Olivera plans to finally transform a ship Molten salt reactor, A modern type of nuclear reactor.
It will allow ships to stay at sea indefinitely, with full energy autonomy.However, like quantum computers, this technology does not yet exist, but it was developed by the British company Core Power in cooperation with the nuclear engineering company TerraPower Bill Gates as chairman. It is one of more than a dozen entities that announced the establishment of ties to the project, including IBM, Shipbuilding Studio Ides Yachts And classification societies Lina.

When asked which celebrities he would like to join, Oliveira gave a list of what he called “common suspects”: Elon Musk, Michelle Obama, Greta Tu Enberg, “No Logo” author Naomi Klein and Patagonian clothing brand founder Yvonne Chouinard.

However, his plan is to pair these VIPs with a group of non-famous “very inspiring people” from all walks of life, all ages and all cultures. They will not be required to pay for tickets, but they can still stay in one of the luxurious rooms. suite.

“This is how we democratize the experience,” he said, “and let those who can never afford a plane ticket in a million years to join.”

Top image source: Courtesy Earth 300

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