Esprit de Velox

Esprit de Velox

Esprit de Velox 1920 1272 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Association Esprit de Velox – France

Esprit de Velox has been developing a bio-inspired, zero-impact vessel, dedicated to responsible research and preservation pperations, open to collaborative intelligence and embedded R&D, available to the research and innovation communities, pioneering at sea non-invasive and interdisciplinary research, understanding and preserving the Earth system, from tropical to polar navigation zones.

The environmental neutrality and energy autonomy of the ship are key assets, which allow clean data and complex works. The vessel is expected to achieve a world’s first, without disturbing the ecological balance and embodying the decarbonisation of maritime transport. The programme is a triple world’s firsts for a >500 UMS vessel, wind main propulsion and carbon-free renewable energy island grid. Recyclable composites structure.

Start Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2030

Lead Contact: François Frey (

challenges: 1- Understand and beat marine pollution, 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 5- Ocean-Climate Nexus, 7- Ocean Observations, 8- Digital Representation of the Ocean, 9- Capacity Development, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Contribution


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