A Transatlantic Scientific Expedition along the Gulf Stream to Study Climate Change Makes Timely Stopover in Miami First Week of Hurricane Season
MS Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest, solar-powered yacht ever constructed, made its first U.S. stopover on June 3rd at Sunset Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC) in Miami, FL., South Florida’s only five-star, green marina.
The scientific expedition to study climate change set sail from La Ciotat (France) on May 23rd and will dock in 16 different cities along its journey. In only 22 days, the vessel broke its existing Guinness World Record for completing the fastest transatlantic crossing with a solar boat, solely operated without any fuel or CO2 emissions.
The sun-powered, 102-ft. catamaran was welcomed to Miami with a private press conference, luncheon and VIP tour with distinguished guests including Florida Senator Dwight Bullard, City of Miami Beach Commissioner Deedee Weithorn, City of Miami Beach Commissioner Jerry Libbin, representatives from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Florida Senator Gwen Margolis’ offices. Commissioners Libbin and Weithorn presented Captain Gerard D’Aborville and the onshore crew a certificate proclaiming June 3rd MS Turanor PlanetSolar Day.
The expedition kicks off the vessel’s second global tour and the launch of the 2013 “PlanetSolar Deep Water” expedition, where scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) will collect data from air and water to study the key parameters of climate regulation, specifically atmospheric aerosols, phytoplankton and ocean eddies, whirlpools that carry large amounts of energy. In addition, the vessel will conduct environmental clean-up missions by collecting floating plastic waste and host educational events in port cities to raise public awareness of climate issues.
Locally, students from Miami Edison Middle School affiliated with Communities In Schools of Miami, Inc. the local chapter of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program, received a private tour of the vessel to learn more about climate regulation and environmental issues, a timely issue with hurricane season commencing June 1st.
The MS Turanor PlanetSolar’s team along with Immo Stroher, owner of the vessel, will sail along the Gulf Stream’s ocean current, one of the most important regulators of European and North American climates, from May to August. The expedition will be led by Professor Martin Beniston, climatologist and director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at University of Geneva.
Strung along two acres overlooking the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay, SHYC, South Beach’s only private, five-star yacht club, is a designated Clean Marina by the State of Florida. SHYC has already taken a proactive approach to environmental stewardship by complying with a set of green (a.k.a clean) policies designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These measures address critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, storm water control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness.