Cool runnings: ZARGES delivers for Antarctic trip


ZARGES, one of Europe’s leading access technology and logistics equipment solutions providers, has played a pivotal role in a recent expedition to Antarctica, for a project co-ordinated by SP Films.

The specialist in blockbuster videography, used in an array of commercials, high profile features and live events, SP Films was tasked with filming the latest expedition of endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh.

The film sees Pugh, known worldwide for being the first person to successfully swim across the North Pole, swimming through the meltwater filled tunnels underneath an Antarctic ice shelf.

Working to such a demanding brief, in one of the planet’s most extreme locales, SP Films needed its equipment to be up to the job – and well protected.

Steve Peters, founder and lead drone pilot of SP Films, said: “My work takes me all over the world, to some of the most challenging environments you can possibly imagine,” Peters says.

“Investing in the right equipment is absolutely pivotal. But that investment comes to nothing if it is damaged in transit or while on location.

“It goes without saying, but my equipment working properly is absolutely central to me being able to do my job, so finding the right casing for it is essential.

“I first purchased a set of ZARGES K470 aluminium cases in 2017 and, since then, have used them in an array of projects internationally. Because a vast majority of my filming projects are carried out in isolated locations, I have to be mindful of travel considerations. Very often, my work takes me to places that aren’t particularly well served by conventional transport means – something, something particularly true of Antarctica, where whilst there we travelled via DC3, Snowmobile, 4×4’s and on foot.

Zarges’ K470 aluminium cases are available in 25 standard sizes, with capacity ranging from 13 to 829 litres and a total load weight of up to 200kg for hazmat. Customised sizes are also available by request. Further bolstering the safety credentials of the casing, the K470 also has UN approval for the transportation of hazardous goods. And, with user ergonomics firmly in mind, the case’s durable Comfort fasteners can last for a minimum of 20,000 use cycles.