Construction work on the Polar Pod and the supply ship is due to start in early 2022. Both will have to withstand a constant battering from the elements. Which is where our coatings come in. They’re designed to cope with whatever harsh weather conditions Mother Nature can throw at them.
Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the zero emission Polar Pod won’t be motorized. It will be silently driven by the circumpolar current – like an ocean-going satellite – as it gradually makes its way around the Antarctic continent. The supply ship will leave the nearest port to join the platform on its drift course as it crosses the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and slowly negotiates the most powerful current on the planet.
Operating in an area that sailors refer to as the Furious Fifties, the Polar Pod will gather data and carry out long-term observations that will be transmitted to researchers, oceanographers, climatologists and biologists at 43 scientific institutions in 12 countries.
Adds Gauthier: “The Polar Pod mission is an ideal match for our own environmental ambition and fits perfectly with our People. Planet. Paint. approach to delivering sustainable and innovative solutions for our customers, communities and the world we live in. We’re looking forward to supporting the team and raising awareness of the program as the mission begins to gather momentum.”