Crew of Solar Powered Ship Drop Anchor at Hilton Hurghada Long Beach

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 2 April 2012

The management of Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort recently hosted a five-man crew from the MS Turanor PlanetSolar for a special dinner at its property along the Red Sea.

MS Turanor PlanetSolar, a catamaran, is one of the worlds first solar powered ships, and is making an epic round the world journey using a solar battery as power. The 537 m2 of photovoltaic (solar) panel power 6 blocks of lithium-ion battery.

The ship dropped anchor in Hurghada International Harbor and the crew were welcomed by hotels management and staff and treated to a well-deserved meal in the hotels restaurant.

The ship sailed from Monaco on September 2010 aiming to cross the Atlantic Ocean, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and finally the Suez Canal in order to reach the Mediterranean Sea. 

At Hilton Long Beach we encourage environmentally friendly activities and are keen to support and promote green initiatives in every possible way, said Kamel Ajami, general manager of Hilton Hurghada Long Beach. Moreover, we constantly work at Hilton to come up with unrivalled innovative initiatives to stand out among our peers.

Baptised Tranor PlanetSolar, which means power of the sun in J.R.R Tolkien mythology, this clean and quiet vessel was launched in March 2010 in Kiel, Germany, in the shipyards of Knierim Yachtbau after 14 months of construction.

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