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Aronnax Podcast: Allure

In this episode of Aronnax, host Craig Eason is in France (albeit remotely) to talk to two people working in the field of wind-powered systems to see what can make shipping a more attractive industry for today’s young professional. Is shipping sexy enough for the millennials that are today’s university graduates and tomorrow’s game changers.

He asks a naval architect and project manager, SImon Watin about switching from the glittery world of high octane ocean racing yachts and luxury cruisers to the more industrial commercial world. Simon works at VPLP and is working on the new ro-ro vessel being built to carry Arianes’s space rockets to French Guiana. The vessel is being built with four giant wing-sails that Simon and his colleagues have developed from the racing world.

Then we hear from Vincent Bernatets, founder of AirSeas, a company that is putting a huge kite system onto an Airbus ro-ro ship that will take Airbuses airplane parts around Europe. These two French companies with their different wind assist technologies represent the cutting edge of change in the shipping industry.

Finally, Nick Chubb from Thetius offers an update of the technology and transformation developments in shipping

About Author

Craig Eason Stockholm
Craig Eason is the owner and editorial director of Fathom.World. He has a background in the shipping industry having started his career as a cadet on oil tankers and gas carriers before becoming a navigating officer on a range of vessel types. A change in career, with ensuing university studies, and he has now gained 20 years experience in written and broadcast journalism. He now is in demand as a knowledgeable and competent editor and event host and moderator, both for in-house events and ones for the public.

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