On 13th April 2016 the North Pole 16 Race Against Time Expedition was under way. Mark Wood, Paul Vicary and Mark Langridge began their journey to reach the Geographical North Pole in 12 – 15 days unsupported and without resupply.
The team flew out to the Russian Ice station Barneo approximately 30 Nautical miles from the Geographic North Pole and from there were transported by helicopter to the Arctic ice.
Why are we supporting the Race against Time?
The Tuscor Lloyds team met Mark Wood after attending a networking evening in Manchester. Mark was invited as a guest speaker to discuss his world of exploration. The team listened to his tales spanning over 28 major expeditions, including voyages to the North and South Poles, which have cemented his unique job description as a ‘Polar Explorer.’
Immediately our team resonated with his mentality. Having worked in some of the most inaccessible and remote places in the world, we could relate to the hostile and difficult conditions faced in polar exploration.
Having learned of Marks latest journey in the North Pole it was clear that Tuscor Lloyds were set on supporting him in some way.
Climate Change in the Arctic Sea
The main aim of the expedition is to document the state of the Arctic ice and the immediate impact of climate change.
The North Pole 16 team have already commented on the difficult terrain and treacherous conditions, navigating around ice bricks the size of cars, with Mark Langridge commenting he’s “never seen such ice rubble in his life.” Despite the relentless challenges the team are managing to cover around 8 nautical miles of sea ice a day.
Tuscor Lloyds have previously reported on the shipping industries stance on emissions and the future of ‘Green Shipping’. We understand that shipping is a massive contributor to global CO2 emissions and in the past it has been difficult for regulatory bodies to offer any restrictions on capping emissions.
This week however, the IMO announced a new four year global project to tackle the industries emissions.
“This four-year project will enable developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, in the target regions to effectively implement energy-efficiency measures through technical assistance and capacity building.”
We hope that the expedition can offer first hand evidence of the impact of climate change on the Arctic region. Not only to help pressure on regulatory bodies to take action but also to ensure the next wave of Explorers daring enough to take on the struggle have somewhere to explore.