The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar pulled into Monaco's Hercule Harbor on Friday, completing its journey around the world--the very first solely solar-powered watercraft to do so. Of course, it's not an ordinary ship. It cost over $16 million USD, has over 500 square meters of solar panels, and can house 200 people.
Greenpeace's fleet of campaign ships has gained a member: the new and improved Rainbow Warrior. Hippie name aside, the boat is pretty darn cool, with unusual A-frame masts that reach 177 feet (nearly the length of the ship) and sails that measure 13,520 square feet. With this setup, the Rainbow Warrior can reach speeds of 14 knots, or around 16 mph.
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 08.04.2011 at 3:11 pm 4 Comments
To plan their routes, the crews of transoceanic cargo ships have to assimilate a huge amount of information: from beacons and buoys, weather and navigation satellites, sensors onboard and on other ships, and from private companies that track rogue waves, pirate attacks and other oceanic threats. Nonetheless, many crews still prefer to plot their course with paper charts and make adjustments manually.
Next year, however, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) will require the crews of all large ships to switch to an electronic navigation system that reads certified digital nautical charts.