A unique vessel that transforms plastic waste into fuel thanks to a pyrolysis unit stored onboard.

The vessel

This oceanographic catamaran will be built by IMOS and operated by Ship-As-A-Service®, a maritime services company. Eco-designed and built in France, the vessel will be chartered for Plastic Odyssey and refitted for the time of the expedition.

 Plastic waste crushing and storage
Non-recyclable plastics (fine packagings, plastic bags, etc.) are shredded using grinders before being stored in the ship. A space of 20 cubic meters is dedicated to the storage of this future fuel, to enjoy the autonomy required for ocean crossings.

 Plastic-to-fuel unit
Plastic flakes are converted into fuel by pyrolysis. This fuel supplies the generators that provide electricity to the vessel engines.

 Solar panels
They provide the necessary energy for electronic equipment onboard and for the shredder used at each port of call to crush the plastic collected.
 Recycling workshop area
A panel of technologies will be embarked in order to either sort, recycle, or recover plastic waste into energy.


Thanks to a low-tech and very cheap plastic scanner that can sort plastics based on the different existing types of plastic.


Building of new materials from recycled plastic : bricks, tiles, furniture…


The remaining non-recyclable waste will be converted into energy to power the boat’s engines.
 Meteorological routing

High-performance weather-routing software minimizes vessel consumption by taking advantage of wind and favorable currents.

 Exhaust gas filtration 

Des filtres à particules et catalytiques permettent de purifier les gaz d’échappement.

 Electric engines

The vessel is propelled by 2 electric motors that can produce up to 100 kw each. Based on the weather conditions, the right power range is set.

On board Plastic Odyssey

4 professional sailors, 2 system engineers, 1 documentary filmmaker and camera operator, 1 soundman and photographer, 1 event manager, 3 to 5 guests (partners, media, scientists, artists…).