Solar-powered catamaran PlanetSolar has crossed the Atlantic from Canada to Belgium, a journey of 4598 km.Leaving St John’s, Canada on 6 August and traveling at an average speed of 4.5 knots, the solar ship arrived in Europe 23 days later. This is PlanetSolar’s second transatlantic crossing this year.
Built in Kiel, Germany, PlanetSolar is the world’s biggest solar ship and is powered exclusively by solar energy. In May 2012 the vessel completed the first solar-powered trip around the world, sailing for 584 days.
Before its 2013 voyages the ship underwent major maintenance operations, the PlanetSolar team said. “The most significant optimisation was related to the propulsion system—the surface propellers were replaced by a completely immerged system,” said a statement.