Taking part in the regatta for the first time, the Seaexplorer – Yacht Club de Monaco carries the message ‘A Race We Must Win’ on her sails – a call to protect the environment in a race against time.
Specifically, during the race, the German world-class skipper Boris Herrmann, will be collecting data on water temperatures, salt levels as well as pH and CO2 levels. The data will help study the impact of climate change on the oceans.
As Boris Herrmann creates transparency for science, the partners Kuehne+Nagel, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and MSC create transparency of ocean shipping CO2 emissions. The racing yacht is therefore named after the platform Seaexplorer, the first tool that creates CO2 visibility in maritime logistics. Based on carrier data, the platform gives the partners and their customers insight into the CO2 emissions of various maritime transport services and thus the possibility to choose the most environmentally friendly transport alternatives.
Referring to the race Hapag-Lloyd's Rolf Habben Jansen, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented that
Hapag-Lloyd is committed to a cleaner future for our industry. We believe that sustainability is a marathon rather than a 100-meter sprint. Given this fact, the issue will remain on our strategic agenda for the long term and be given high priority – also and especially in 2020, which has been an unusual year for all of us.