The goddess of the future

The vessel, now named Porrima, was launched in 2010 under the name SolarPlanet. Covered with solar technology on its deck, its aim was to demonstrate that this renewable energy could enable it to sail across the oceans in total autonomy. This goal was successfully achieved, and the boat then turned its attention, in partnership with the “Race for Water” foundation, to a mission to raise awareness of the general state of the planet’s oceans, by integrating new equipment such as the Skysails, a wind-powered propulsion technology. The Skysails has been supplemented by another hydrogen technology: a first installation still in prototype but already capable of providing, with seawater and solar radiation as fuels, up to 10% of the energy needed to run the ship. At the end of 2021, the boat will leave Osaka, pass through the World Expo in Dubai and then reach Kenitra in Morocco to install the latest technologies designed for her and readapt her structure, an essential step in preparing the Blue Odyssey. She will then sail around the Mediterranean before setting sail on the world’s oceans in 2023. In 2025, it will show off its bow at the Osaka World Expo. We want to make this Odyssey accessible to the general public, so that it becomes a formidable vector of hope and knowledge! The boat is now entering a new phase in its life, and although it is once again getting ready for a facelift, equipped with cutting-edge innovations, we want it above all to carry the philosophy of the blue economy, synonymous with hope and wisdom. Indeed, to cherish life and look to the future is also to learn, understand and be responsible, which is why it now bears the name Porrima: a goddess with a vision of the future and protector of pregnant women in Roman mythology.
Find out more about Gunter Pauli and Idriss Aberkane’s exchanges on PORRIMA and Blue Campus projects