The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Boulogne-sur-Mer

PlanetSolarThe new solar-powered campaign of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will begin in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where the catamaran will be guest of honour at the Nausicaa's 23rd Festival of Sea Imagery. The first stopover will take place from Monday 15 to   Monday 28 April 2014.  

On the heels of success of the 2013 campaign during which the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar demonstrated that she could be operated for practical purposes by carrying out, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, a scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream, the vessel is being prepared for new adventures in pursuit of the sun! 


The world’s largest solar-powered craft showcases a new way of sailing, understanding the seas and oceans and involving every stakeholder, whether from the scientific, economic, political or social sector. The vision, led by Nausicaa, is that of a Blue Society.

Nausicaa is the only discovery centre of its kind. It focuses on the marine environment but in a manner designed to be fun, educational and scientific, dealing mainly with the relationship between Man and the Sea. Gigantic aquariums, underwater exploration and the latest technology create a sense of magic in a grandiose setting. Your dreams are within reach here.

Every year, Nausicaa organises programmes, exhibitions and special events to increase public awareness of the marine environment, inviting visitors to take action to sustain life while taking advantage of the benefits of the Blue Planet.

In 2014 Nausicaa will be the link with the sentinels of the Ocean. The French National Sea Centre will follow the initiatives of its partners all over the world so that everyone can understand and continually learn more about our fabulous planet and also participate in its actions. 

In 2014 Nausicaa invites you to participate, to take action, to react, to express and to vote for the Planet..

The Blue Society vision

We are living an exciting time in the history of Mankind because we are being obliged to reinvent a better world. To achieve this, we have to think outside the box. We are currently facing the need to change our view of the ocean and our links with it. This is the background to a vision for a whole new form of society, a “Blue Society”.

A Blue Society aims to preserve marine resources, using them responsibly and in a sustainable manner. It requires the development of innovative technologies and new products based on the vast potential offered by the world’s oceans to meet society’s present and future needs through a “positive” growth approach. 

PlanetSolar is launching its 2014 campaign in Boulogne-sur-Mer

In 2012, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar completed the first ever solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe. With more than 500 sq. metres of photovoltaic panels on board, the catamaran sailed round the world without using a drop of fuel, proving the efficiency and maturity of photovoltaic technology.

Following this success, the vessel began its “second life” in 2013, illustrating its practical uses and again proving the potential of solar energy, most notably by working with the University of Geneva to complete a scientific expedition along the Gulf Stream known as “PlanetSolar Deepwater”. 

After wintering in Lorient (France) for six months, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will shortly be setting off on further expeditions. Following on from its trips in 2013, the schedule for 2014 is designed to display yet more of the vessel’s practical uses.

The new solar-powered campaign will begin in Boulogne-sur-Mer where the catamaran will be guest of honour at the 23rd Festival of Sea Imagery. 

Programme for the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Boulogne-sur-Mer from Tuesday 15 to Monday 28 April 2014

Towards the future with the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar from 15 to 28 April 2014

FORUMS – Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Boulogne-sur-Mer – General Public  

Quai Gambetta – FREE

« Energies of the Future » evening » on 15 April at 6:30 pm.

« Sea and Innovations » on 24 April at 6:30 pm.

Registration required at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Boulogne-sur-Mer



Meet Gérard D’ABOVILLE, Captain of the ship – General Public

Nausicaa - FREE

On 18 April at 2 and 8:30 pm. Registration required at Nausicaa

Phone: (00 33) 3 - Email


Quai Gambetta face to Ponton BOMBARD - FREE

For further information - Phone: (00 33) 



FOR SCHOOLS - From 16 to 18 April

From 10 am to 12:00 and from 2 to 4 pm
Registration required at Nausicaa

Phone: (00 33) - Email

GENERAL PUBLIC - From 19 to 21 April: from 2 to 4 pm.

On 25 and 26 April: from 11 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 4 pm.

Registration required at Nausicaa

Phone: (00 33) -  Email



Quai Gambetta – Ponton BOMBARD - FREE

Free tours: on 25 and 26 April

From 11 am to 1 pm and from 2 to 4 pm

Phone: (00 33) - Website: