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2022.01.18

Press Release from Porrima

Osaka, 18 December 2021 at 13:00 hrs JST.

This morning at 10:00 am the revolutionary technology ship PORRIMA has left Osaka for its third odyssey around the world. This experimental vessel demonstrates how breakthrough technologies can steer the world and communities towards sustainability.

Osaka Hokko Marina

The ship arrived in Japanese waters in February 2020 when the COVID pandemic forced countries to close borders. As the ship was en route from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Japan acted with its quick humanitarian tradition and welcomed the ship and crew in Okinawa. While the team was committed to serve at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, another reality imposed itself. ZERI Japan, with the support of Saraya Co., Ltd., generously welcomed the boat and offered a safe stay in Funabashi, north of Tokyo. There the MS Porrima was protected from typhoons and tsunamis.

A new crew of captains and engineers arrived in Japan on November 26th, 2021 and undertook a complete technical and engineering audit of the vessel. After seven days of non-stop work, the team declared Porrima seaworthy. The test trip from Tokyo to Osaka was successfully completed, arriving Friday December 10th in Osaka. The team was strengthened by additional engineers and communication experts in order to undertake the first leg between Osaka and Kaohsiung under safe conditions.

“We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Japan and the Japanese people for their patience and generosity during these difficult times. We have been so well cared for,” stated Gunter Pauli, the owner of the ship who joined the crew in Osaka for the first leg. “It has been such an honor that Japan has come to know the goal of the ship: bringing the novel technologies to the world. I have a great responsibility not just to operate and sail this ship full of AI, robotics and renewable energies to Dubai, but also to ensure that our team will bring the ship back for the opening of the World Expo Osaka 2025” added Eric Leblond, the Captain leading a highly experienced team of French and Swiss.

“Porrima has proven its solid design and novel technologies. She is now ready to integrate many additional innovations that will inspire the world to take a positive turn in this era of crises,” concluded Eric Le Queré, the superintendent of the Blue Odyssey. This voyage will take the MS Porrima to Dubai, closing the World Expo 2020 in March 2022. Afterwards, Captain Le Queré will supervise the transformation of the ship in Morocco integrating a portfolio of innovations, including fishing with air bubbles and the elimination of nano plastics with micro-fluid technologies.

Mr. Yusuke Saraya, President of Saraya Co., Ltd., an active supporter of MS Porrima came onboard with a special message: “We at Saraya—and all of us in Osaka—are committed to solve the plastic problems in Japan and the rest of the world. We are eagerly awaiting the return of MS Porrima with her valuable experiences on four continents to enrich the Osaka World Expo in 2025”.

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MS Porrima was built as “Planet Solar” in 2010 and circumnavigated the world using only solar power. In 2017 a kite with AI and hydrogen was added. Now, the ship will integrate over a dozen novel technologies. Please find out more at www.porrima.eu and www.blueinnovations.ch. The ship sails under the Swiss Flag and the Blue Odyssey is managed by the Lausanne-based Porrima Foundation.

The name Porrima is inspired by the Roman Goddess of the Future, and the protector of pregnant women. Through experimentation and operation in stressful environments (the grand oceans of the world) she proves the validity of breakthrough technologies which are subsequently made widely available.

Saraya Co., Ltd. is an Osaka-based family enterprise with decade long commitment to the environment. Saraya has been a key supporter and Mr. Saraya has been personally supervising the wellbeing of the crew and ship, and securing a challenging odyssey. Saraya has sponsored ZERI Japan NPO, a network of scientists operated by Gunter Pauli which was created to prepare the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and kept active ever since.

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