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Ponant tests Chantiers de l'Atlantique’s Solid Sail prototype
French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique has tested its Solid Sail system on Le Ponant, a ship belonging to France-based cruise operator Ponant. The Solid Sail concept was first introduced as part of a smart cruise ship concept called Silenseas, launched two years ago by Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Two patents have been filed – in 2009 and 2017 – for the new type of sail, which is made of fibreglass, carbon and epoxy-resin panels in a carbon-slat frame. The technology aims to reduce the environmental impact of sails by reducing energy consumption tied to propulsion. “When Chantiers de l’Atlantique offered to collaborate with us on solid-sail technology, we were immediately interested,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant. “Le Ponant, the historic sailing boat behind the company, continues to be the flagship of our fleet, and sail propulsion is without a doubt an energy of the future.
Artemis Completes Ponant Buyout
Artemis, the Pinault family's company that controls various luxury brands and the sports apparel company Kering, has completed its purchase of French cruise line Ponant. A released statement said Ponant will now be able to further “ramp-up its international program … and enter a new phase in its development.” Artemis takes over from previous private equity owner Bridgepoint. “In the last three years, together we have launched and financed new ships, opened new offices in Australia and China, and acquired a leading player in the American cultural cruise market,” said Jean-Emmanuel Sauvée, CEO of Ponant, commenting on the end of a three-year relationship with Bridgepoint. “Today we are entering a new phase with a long-term shareholder who, like Bridgepoint, shares our vision and ambitions for Ponant as a global player in the high-end cruise market.” http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/13138.html
Court Orders Payout to Somali Pirates
The pirates were accused of hijacking the MY Le Ponant in the Gulf of Aden in 2008, for which a ransom of more than $2 million was paid for its release, gCapatain reports. A European court has ordered France to pay thousands of euros to a group of Somali pirates over a 48 delay in presenting the accused men before a judge upon their arrival in the country. A judge at the European Union of Human Rights made the ruling Thursday, determining that France violated the European Convention of Human Rights by not immediately presenting the accused before a judicial authority upon their arrival in France. The pirates to be compensated, nine in total, were accused and some even convicted of hijacking a French-flagged cruise ship and yacht in two separate incidents off the coast of Somalia in 2008. The nine Somali men were among of a group 12 initially taken into custody over the attacks. The court ruled that because of the 48 hour delay, France did not do enough to protect the pirates’ rights to liberty and security and ordered the government to pay each of the men compensation ranging from 2,000 to 9,000 euros.News schreiben