Eco-Friendly Flagship Vessel Arrives in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Explorer, RiverQuest's newly constructed 90-ft., 150-passenger hybrid boat left Bayou La Batre on August 3 and was expected to arrive into the Pittsburgh Pool of the Ohio River on Wednesday
August 13 after a 1,600 mile journey through nine states. Explorer is a state-of-the-art education and research vessel that is designed to serve students and the public in the Pittsburgh region with transformative on
board programs.  RiverQuest will dock Explorer at their homeport next to Carnegie Science Center by early afternoon Wednesday and begin a month of intensive preparation to take their first passengers on board in
the coming months after local United States Coast Guard inspections are completed.
Explorer is a global benchmark for greening the boating industry with
one of the first commercial marine hybrid propulsion systems on earth.
Explorer, also one of the world's first green-engineered floating
classrooms, marks a new era in marine design for environmental
sustainability and RiverQuest instructors will teach about the multi-
disciplinary subject through the wide variety of programs that the
organization offers.  RiverQuest delivers river-based experiential
learning about human's relationship to nature that includes ecology,
environment science, energy, climate change, green engineering and
river history and culture for students, teachers and the community
through on board formal and informal education programs.

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