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France's zero-emission vessel makes stop in Ho Chi Minh City during worldwide voyage

France's zero-emission vessel makes stop in Ho Chi Minh City during worldwide voyage

Friday, June 24, 2022, 15:00 GMT+7
France's zero-emission vessel makes stop in Ho Chi Minh City during worldwide voyage
The Energy Observer docks at Khanh Hoi Port in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

The Energy Observer, the world’s first hydrogen-powered and zero-emission vessel, is currently on a stopover in Ho Chi Minh City as part of its five-year global odyssey.

The ship arrived at Khanh Hoi Port in District 4 on June 18 and is expected to stay in the southern Vietnamese metropolis until June 29.

Ho Chi Minh City is the 73rd stopover of the vessel’s worldwide expedition and one of its last stops in Southeast Asia.

The Energy Observer docks at Khanh Hoi Port in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

The Energy Observer docks at Khanh Hoi Port in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

During its stay, the Energy Observer crew, in collaboration with the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, is set to present the ship's autonomous zero-emission system to several hundred visitors, decision-makers, and students.

The Energy Observer is the first hydrogen-powered and zero-emission vessel that is self-sufficient in energy.

Solar panels on the Energy Observer. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

Solar panels on the Energy Observer. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

Setting sail from its port of registry of Saint Malo, France in 2017, the Energy Observer has already covered over 50,000 nautical miles and made 73 stopovers in 40 countries.

The ship is an ecological transformation laboratory designed to push the limits of zero-emission technologies, namely hydrogen, solar, and wind.

A crew member shows off the solar panels on the Energy Observer during its stopover in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

A crew member shows off the solar panels on the Energy Observer during its stopover in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

It measures 30 meters long and 12 meters wide and can reach a maximum velocity of 14 nautical miles per hour.

The vessel can run on hydrogen power and solar power thanks to its more than 200 solar panels. 

It can also run on wind power by using its sails.

Captain Marin Jarry explains the hydrogen energy technology on the Energy Observer to visitors during the ship’s stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

Captain Marin Jarry explains the hydrogen energy technology on the Energy Observer to visitors during the ship’s stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

Captain Marin Jarry explains about the control panels of the Energy Observer. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

Captain Marin Jarry explains the functions of the control panels of the Energy Observer. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

A crew member shows off the solar panels on the Energy Observer during its stopover in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

A crew member shows off the solar panels on the Energy Observer during its stopover in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

A crew member’s cabin on the Energy Observer. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

A crew member’s cabin on the Energy Observer. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

People visit the Energy Observer in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

People visit the Energy Observer in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

People visit the Energy Observer in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

People visit the Energy Observer in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Khoi / Tuoi Tre

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