Swiss solar ship on a world-wide mission to reach Sri Lanka Hambanthota harbor

Nov 05, Colombo: The world’s first and largest solar-powered vessel which is on a world-wide mission aimed at promoting the use of sustainable energy is to reach Sri Lanka’s Magampura Harbour in Hambantota on Monday (07).

The vessel ‘Turanor Planet Solar’ sailing under the Swiss flag circumnavigating the globe solely on solar power set sail from Monaco a year ago on September 27, 2010.

The Environment Ministry of Sri Lanka said the ship is scheduled to arrive at the Hambanthota Harbour on Monday (07) and due to reach the Colombo Harbour on the 16th of this month via the Galle Harbour.

The state-of-the-art catamaran has approximately 540 square meters decked with photovoltaic modules.

The 60-ton vessel sailed through the Americas in pacific and reaching Sri Lanka from Singapore. It will complete its journey sailing through the Indian Ocean and the Suez Canal before finally returning to the Mediterranean where it plans to dock back in Monaco in May next year (2012).

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