The ultimate symbol of wealth, the superyacht has seen a dramatic surge in demand during the pandemic, as the ultra-rich yearned for privacy and social distancing in its most luxurious, exclusive form.
Orders flowed in, adding to a rising global fleet of thousands of superyachts — loosely defined as luxury boats at least 24 metres in length and professionally crewed.
Large superyachts have a disproportionately negative impact on the planet.
According to one calculation by Indiana University anthropologists, one with a permanent crew, a helicopter pad, submarines and pools emits over 7000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Multiplied by 300, roughly the number of superyachts worldwide that fit that bill, that equals over two million tons of CO2, more than the individual yearly emissions of about a quarter of the world’s countries.
Now, a proposed ship aims to leverage the superyacht’s aura of luxury and merge it with scientific research to create an emissions-free megaship that will pit together climate scientists and the wealthy in a daring quest to save the planet.
“Why not take the wealthiest people in the world, pull them together with the smartest and brightest scientists, and allow them to experience firsthand what’s taking place?” asks Aaron Olivera, the Gibraltar-born, Singapore-based entrepreneur behind the idea.
“Wealthy people can go online and buy anything they want, but they cannot buy a new mental model with which to see the world.”
A floating computer
If built, the new vessel, to be christened Earth 300 in reference to its length of 300 metres, would dwarf even the world’s largest superyacht; the 180-metre long Azzam, owned by the Abu Dhabi royal family.
The preliminary design is sleek and bold, with a unique 13-storey sphere that will house two dozen scientific laboratories. They will gather data from the ship’s travels to hopefully come up with solutions to help mitigate the climate crisis.
If built, the new vessel would dwarf even the world’s largest superyacht.
If built, the new vessel would dwarf even the world’s largest superyacht. (Courtesy Earth 300)
Feeding into an open-source platform to allow the global community to participate, they will be supported by a quantum computer, a new type of computer that employs the properties of quantum mechanics to achieve incredible speed and power.
Like much of the technology that Mr Olivera hopes to incorporate into Earth 300, the quantum computer is not yet commercially available, but is currently the subject of experimental studies by the likes of Google and IBM.
Most of the ship’s capacity of 425 people will be taken up by two main groups: 165 crew and 160 scientists.
There will also be 20 students and a pool of 20 resident experts — economists, engineers, explorers, artists, activists and politicians — forming a “multidisciplinary melting pot,” says Mr Olivera.
The only paying guests will be the wealthy tourists occupying the ship’s 20 VIP suites, at a projected cost of just over US$1.38 million per person, to fund the science.
But forget about ‘exclusivity’.
This ship will be a floating computer which will allow people from all around the world to participate in the journey. That means that these wealthy individuals who are coming on board will have to share the experience with the world, not just among themselves,” says Mr Olivera.
A global vessel
Mr Olivera says he envisages Earth 300 to become an iconic object of its generation, and draws comparisons to the Olympic torch and the Eiffel tower.
“The reason we’re building a ship is that climate change is a global problem, so it needs a global vehicle,” he says, adding that the oceans are the beating heart of the planet, because they absorb most of the carbon.
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The Earth 300 is designed to be an emissions-free vessel.
The Earth 300 is designed to be an emissions-free vessel. (Courtesy Earth 300)
But he also wanted people to come together in a confined environment, experiencing some sense of adventure and even danger.
“Bonds that are made on a ship are very different from the ones that are made in a static building. When’s the last time you had an adventure inside a building?”Mr Olivera, who has a background in the world of luxury and hospitality in Singapore, says, explaining the inspiration for Earth 300 came when he was diving in the Maldives and saw its dying corals.
He envisages the ship as a way of combining two colliding worlds — luxury and environmentalism.
“We want to create a new brand of enlightened explorer, to turn the tide on the way people see the wealthy and show that they can, and should, be leading the way,” he says.
The idea of a luxury research vessel isn’t entirely new. REV Ocean, a similar project hailing from Norway, is a 182-metre long, US$484 million superyacht designed to investigate overfishing, climate change and plastic pollution.
Funded by fishing and oil drilling magnate Kjell Inge Røkke, it was supposed to set off in 2022, but the project has been delayed by three to five years due to problems with construction of the ship.
At US$967 million, Earth 300’s projected cost is double that of REV Ocean, and Mr Olivera is looking at shipyards in Germany and South Korea for the construction.
He says the ship’s preliminary design and naval engineering have been completed, and hopes to be ready for a maiden voyage this decade.
“I think 2025 is possible for us. It’s just a question of the chips falling into place in the next six months or so, once we have the funding package in place,” he says, adding that funding will come from private investors as well as “traditional banking instruments.”
Initially, the ship will use green synthetic fuels, but to satisfy the requirement of being completely emission-free, Mr Olivera plans to eventually retrofit a molten-salt reactor, a modern type of nuclear reactor.
It would allow the ship to remain at sea indefinitely, with complete energy autonomy.
Designer Aaron Olivera says he hopes to power the vessel using experimental nuclear technology.
Designer Aaron Olivera says he hopes to power the vessel using experimental nuclear technology. (Courtesy Earth 300)
Just like the quantum computer, however, this technology doesn’t exist yet, but it’s being developed by UK firm Core Power in collaboration with TerraPower, a nuclear engineering company chaired by Bill Gates.
It’s one of a dozen entities that have announced ties with the project, including IBM, naval architecture studio Iddes Yachts and ship classification firm RINA.
When asked which famous people he’d like to have on board, Mr Olivera responds with a list of names he calls “the usual suspects:” Elon Musk, Michelle Obama, Greta Thunberg, “No Logo” author Naomi Klein and Patagonia clothing brand founder Yvon Chouinard.
His plan, however, is to pair these VIPs with a set of non-famous “Very Inspiring People” from all walks of life, all ages and all cultures, who would not be asked to pay for their ticket, but would still get to stay in one of the luxury suites.”
That’s the way we are democratising the experience,” he says, “by allowing people who could never in a million years afford the ticket to come on board.”
CONTROVERSY. Naomi Osaka’s boyfriend Cordae brags his relationship with the world no.2
Naomi Osaka has been dating her boyfriend Cordae for more than 2 years often sparking some controversy. Cordae is an up-and-coming American rapper that loves sending strong messages. Last year, on the occasion of the US Open, he was wildly criticized for showing the middle finger when taking some pictures with Naomi Osaka after she won the trophy. That looked extremely inappropriate also because he was stealing the scene of his girlfriend with that questionable gesture.
Cordae has just launched a song, “More Life”, boasting his relationship with Naomi using the following (strong) words: “My girl a tennis star, you niggas out here marrying hoes.”
According to the comments, many people didn’t really like this.
Cordae and Naomi Osaka are a power couple pic.twitter.com/o8PIpGLpfa
— brown (@BrownRapFan) April 22, 2021
Why Rafael Nadal only had one girlfriend in his life
ABC gave more details on Maria Francisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s longtime girlfriend and future wife. Maria studied Administration and Direction of companies in the Balearic Islands University. She did not make people notice she was Nadal’s girlfriend.
Then she started working in the department of Communication in Palma de Mallorca. Then she worked in London for Mapfre, which is connected to Nadal. She is currently the director of social integration of the Rafa Nadal Foundation which is based in Barcelona and ran by Nadal’s mother Ana Maria Parera.
In 2013 the couple bought a €4 million worth chalet where they live. Maria understands the sacrifices that her future husband does to keep competing at the highest level. They started dating each other in 2005. She rarely speaks about their relationship.
In 2011, she told John Carlin, writer of Rafa: My Story book, explaining why Nadal often goes to the tournaments being alone: “Travelling around the world would not be good for me and him either. If I followed him everywhere, I think we could stop getting well each other.”
A close source to the couple told ABC: “She gave him his room to relax and not feel tense. When one like Nadal goes through so much pressure he needs to be calm.” In an interview to TODAY Serena Williams was asked her thoughts on her sister Venus as an auntie.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner praised what she considers her best friend. “She’s great. None of us grew up! We’re all just a bunch of kids having fun”, said Serena who became mother of a daughter called Olympia in September 2017.
I feel like things should have changed more,” said Serena, who added: “I feel like the older (Olympia) gets, the more I go back to being how I was. I don’t know if that’s normal, but that (pre-baby life) started coming back for me.”
Naomi Osaka Boyfriend: Tennis Star’s Rapper Boyfriend Didn’t Know She Played Tennis
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Osaka’s boyfriend – Cordae – was unaware of her tennis fame until after they started dating in 2019 and attended the US Open.
In a few years, Naomi Osaka has made herself at home in everyone’s hearts. She has bagged four Grand Slam titles and is without a doubt one of the best tennis players in the world. Her boyfriend, however, remained unaware of her being a tennis star until after he started dating her.
Naomi Osaka boyfriend: Who is Naomi Osaka dating?
As of now, the 23-year-old tennis star is dating Cordae Amari Dunston – mostly known as Cordae. While Naomi Osaka Cordae have been dating for quite some time now, Cordae was not really aware of Osaka’s tennis fame. “It’s not my sport,” the Grammy-nominated artist said during an interview. “If you asked me about tennis, before being immersed in it because of Naomi, I could only give you Venus and Serena Williams, you know? Because they’re just a part of the culture.”
Later, the rapper even admitted that he felt out of place during the 2019 US Open. “I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt really out of place. Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my entire life,” he said while talking to GQ. He added that it was his first tennis match, and he went to schools where the majority of the kids were Black. As a result, it was “weird” for him to be in that space.
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Cordae, a rapper, moved to LA after college for his career. He released mixtapes as a teenager, going by the name of “Entendre”. He worked on raps as a hobby till 2018, slowly gaining interest later. He was a TBN collective member and was “YBN Cordae” while with them. Last year, he was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammys.
Is Naomi Osaka in a relationship? How did Naomi Osaka meet Cordae?
The couple, per reports, met in 2019. They dated in secret for around a year, before going for a date at a LA Clippers game. “I just remember seeing that there were so many people who wanted to take a picture with him,” Osaka said about their first date. ” And I just thought it was really cool how friendly and welcoming he was with everyone”.
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Osaka also revealed that she has been on tour with Cordae, which was like a fun adventure for her. Since then, Osaka has been introduced to a lot of older music by Cordae, which she said was interesting about him, “He knows the whole catalogue of everyone,” she said. “I feel like the knowledge that he has about his craft and his passion is so much more vast than mine”.
It’s Naomi Osaka walking infront of her billboards while wearing Cordae’s record label @hilevel merch for me!! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/qkgXior7oN
— UnapologeticAyesha (@AyeshaAlerts) May 21, 2021
Cordae also spoke about them keeping their relationship private, and how they rarely post intimate moment which they consider sacred. “A relationship is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside influences get into it, it becomes less sacred”.