Marine companies support polar research

'Nanuq' The expedition will take place on the 60ft Grand Integral 'Nanuq'. Credit: Navico

B&G and Survitec have announced their support of PolarQuest 2018, a polar expedition with a mission to look for solutions to climate change.

The expedition will take place on the 60ft Grand Integral Nanuq, a self-sufficient sailboat, designed to withstand the Arctic winter in a self-sufficient mode, using only renewable energies. The mission will be guided by B&G navigation equipment including; Zeus³ 12 chartplotter, StructureScan 3D, H5000 Pilot, WR10 Remote Control, 213 MastHead Wind Sensor, Precision-9 Compass and H5000 Graphic Displays.

“B&G is extremely proud to be a technical partner on this exciting mission. We understand that the crew will face some extremely harsh conditions in the Arctic Ocean and the reliability of their on board systems will be key to their success,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico Group.

Lifejacket supply

Survitec is also supporting the quest through sponsorship of a range of high-quality Crewsaver lifejackets and safety equipment including the ErgoFit 290N Ocean lifejacket, plus pyrotechnics, replacement re-arming kits, emergency locator beacons and man overboard equipment including horseshoe buoys and throwing lines.

Built by naval architect and Genevan explorer Peter Gallinelli, the vessel will set sail from Isafjordur on the North-West coast of Iceland on 21 July. It will head to the Arctic Sea with an international team of arctic researchers and scientists onboard.

The vessel will also investigate high-energy cosmic rays, the impact of human pollution at extreme latitudes and plastic in the Arctic Ocean, in addition to trying to find the sunken wreckage of Umberto Nobile’s Airship Italia on the 90th anniversary of its crash.

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