Solar ship visits St. John's

Rhonda Hayward
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Published on August 01, 2013

The MS Turanor PlanetSolar docked at St. John’s harbour Thursday, the northernmost point the solar vessel has ever reached. The ship, powered by 520 square metres of solar panels, is on a six-month scientific expedition with the University of Geneva to study the Gulf stream. By reaching Newfoundland, a region known for its difficult navigational conditions and frequent fog, the vessel, piloted by Captain Gerard Daboville demonstrated that solar navigation is possible even in the heart of areas with intermittent sunlight. — Photos by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Published on August 01, 2013

The MS Turanor PlanetSolar docked at St. John’s harbour Thursday, the northernmost point the solar vessel has ever reached. The ship, powered by 520 square metres of solar panels, is on a six-month scientific expedition with the University of Geneva to study the Gulf stream. By reaching Newfoundland, a region known for its difficult navigational conditions and frequent fog, the vessel, piloted by Captain Gerard Daboville demonstrated that solar navigation is possible even in the heart of areas with intermittent sunlight. — Photos by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

The MS Turanor PlanetSolar docked at St. John’s harbour Thursday, the northernmost point the solar vessel has ever reached. The ship, powered by 520 square metres of solar panels, is on a six-month scientific expedition with the University of Geneva to study the Gulf stream. By reaching Newfoundland, a region known for its difficult navigational conditions and frequent fog, the vessel, piloted by Captain Gerard Daboville demonstrated that solar navigation is possible even in the heart of areas with intermittent sunlight.

Organizations: University of Geneva

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland

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  • California Pete from NFLD
    August 02, 2013 - 12:26

    Hope ther there will be plenty of Sun or it will be stuck there like the Russian Cruse Ship. Good luck and have a nice sunny day.

  • LB
    August 02, 2013 - 10:18

    No quote(s)? No elaboration on what they're actually studying along their journey? No mention of where they off to next? The pics are great, yet you offered less than 100 words... Don't mean to sound harsh, but this story could have been that much better with just a touch more effort, TC Media..