Solar-powered boat carried onboard Cargolux
June 12, 2018: All cargo carrier Cargolux is providing transportation for a prototype solar-powered boat, from Luxembourg to Calgary, Canada, ahead of an Arctic expedition, on behalf of DreamTime, non-profit organisation which deals with environmental awareness and climate issues.
French navigator Anne Quéméré will undertake the solo journey in this solar-energy propelled boat across the mythical Northwest Passage that links the Atlantic to the Pacific. This completely autonomous undertaking is an attempt to complete a 3,500 kilometre trip between Tuktoyaktuk, an Inuit village in Northwestern Canada and Pond Inlet, an Inuit village on Baffin Island.
“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,” explains Moa Sigurdardottir, head of Corporate Communications.
In 2013 and 2015, the Luxembourg-based carrier successfully transported the Solar Impulse airplane on two of its missions. It first brought the aircraft from Payerne in Switzerland to the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Airfield in the United States for the “Across America Tour”. Then in 2015, Cargolux ensured the solar airplane was successfully flown from Switzerland to Abu Dhabi for “World Tour”.