There are superyachts and then there is the Earth 300. Not only does this floating phenomenon look amazing, it will also help protect our planet if it is built. That’s the grand vision of Aaron Olivera, a Singapore based entrepreneur who came up with the concept for this ground-breaking, nuclear-powered ship that will transport an army of scientists and climate change experts, helping them gather vital research; it will also sail for eternity.
At the time of writing, Olivera and his team were speaking to financiers and boat builders to turn this bold concept into reality. Full of positivity, he is confident others will share his vision.
“I am not sure this is a massive feat, at the end of the day, all we are doing is building a boat. It’s going to look like a piece of art and yes, it will look as if it came out of a wormhole, but it is still a ship built with materials that exist, it’s going to float, it’s going to be equipped with frontier technologies and it’s going to have the smartest and brightest and most diverse minds on board,” he says proudly.
While some might call Earth 300 a moonshot, he refers to it as an “earthshot”, borrowing the terminology from Prince William who recently launched a multi-million pound prize to encourage people to find solutions to some of Earth’s major environmental issues. Olivera’s main challenge will be to deliver the project in four years’ time, given its grand design and onboard technology.
“It is going to be built as a floating computer with cutting-edge scientific laboratories; even the interiors will be built to inspire volcanic imaginations of those on board, so they will be completely customised and extraordinary. With such intense attention to detail, it will take a lot of time to plan,” he adds. Covid-19 has caused disruptions across global supply chains and multiple sectors, presenting a further challenge to Earth 300’s timelines.
This will be a superyacht like no other. In fact, calling it a yacht may not do it justice. Having spoken with Olivera, fresh from the COP26 climate change conference in Scotland, he calls Earth 300 “an extreme technology platform for science, innovation and research that will pursue landmark scientific discoveries and act as a catalyst for global adoption”.
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