Cargolux supports Arctic solar powered boat trip


Cargolux has once again taken part in a pioneering solar powered transportation project by providing the transport for a prototype boat heading to Calgary, Canada for an Arctic expedition.

The Solar Arctic project was initiated by DreamTime, a non-profit organisation dealing with environmental awareness and climate issues.

The expedition, undertaken by French navigator Anne Quemere, is a solo journey in a prototype solar energy propelled boat across the Northwest Passage that links the Atlantic to the Pacific.

The completely autonomous undertaking is an attempt to complete a 3,500 kilometre trip between Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuit village in Northwest Canada and Pond Inlet, an Inuit village on Baffin Island.

Cargolux head of corporate communications, Moa Sigurdardottir says: “Cargolux is proud of supporting the Solar Arctic project, which, like the Solar Impulse project, is an effort to explore new and innovative paths in the transportation industry.”

This is not the first time Cargolux has supported solar powered expeditions, having transported the Solar Impulse aircraft on its two missions in 2013 and 2015.

For its first mission, the ‘Across America Tour’, Cargolux brought the aircraft from Payerne in Switzerland to the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Airfield in the US, from where it flew across the country.

For the second, more ambitious ‘World Tour’, Cargolux ensured the aircraft was flown from Switzerland to Abu Dhabi.

Swiss visionary, Bertrand Picard conceived and designed both the Solar Impulse aircraft and boat.