Futuristic pod delivered to the Pearl

Yacht handling and shipping company Peters & May transported a futuristic luxury floating pod to Doha in June. The Anthénea is now installed near the Marina Corniche promenade in Porto Arabia at the Pearl-Qatar.

The smart floating space offers 50m² (538ft²) of living area across the main cabin and the rooftop solarium, and takes full advantage of the 360° viewing options via its circular dome shape.
Inspired by the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the Anthénea Suite was created to deliver an eco-responsible and private island experience to its guests. It is the result of five years of research and development and the efforts of French designers, engineers and naval architects. It has zero carbon footprint, is self-sufficient and is said to be unsinkable.
The design model was extensively researched to ensure it could resist violent storms and sea level rise, and its spherical shape is the optimal form for withstanding extreme conditions on the water. The pod is equipped with 1,000W solar panels, and can also be provided with a 4,000W installation, and reaches complete autonomy with its own water-processing and sewage system. Numerous interiors are available for the pods, tailored to meet the design needs of each customer’s requirements.
The distinctive shape of the capsule proved an ideal opportunity for Peters & May to demonstrate its expert lifting capabilities. Global technical director, Paul Elsom, commented: “The Anthénea floating suite is the first of its kind and we are proud to have been involved with such an interesting project. It is always a pleasure to ship exclusive and unusual cargo. Fifty years in the shipping industry yet this is the first time we have come across anything like it, in its unique and futuristic pod shape.”
Prior to handling, the cargo was towed on a seven-hour crossing from Honfleur Marina, France by SNSM (National Society for Sea Rescue). Peters & May then performed a three-sling lift, attached via D-ring fasteners to the cargo, to lift it from the water. It was then loaded onto a trailer using a gantry crane until a vessel arrived to ship it to the Middle East.


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