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First 2023 Deployment on Neutral Ground

Updated: Oct 4, 2023



Float Your Boat has a collaboration with Le Commandant Charcot passenger cruise icebreaker. In mid-July it was the first North Pole trip of their cruise season of four expeditions.


All the guests onboard had the opportunity to decorate their own wooden boat as well as sign the International Arctic Buoy Programme's Arctic weather buoy. Many boxes of decorated wooden boats from many schools were deployed as well in the shape of a Peace symbol as we were in the Arctic and it is 'neutral ground'. It seemed particularly fitting as we had an incredible meeting with the Russian ship '50 Years of Victory' at the Pole and there was purely joy and excitement between the two vessels at seeing each other and sharing a common goal of reaching the North Pole.

Vessel name and call sign​

Le Commandant Charcot

Science campaign/Project name

Ponant Science

Scientist in charge of buoy program

LCC Science Coordinator Eric

Type of buoy deployed

Iceball buoy*

Person responsible for on-ice wooden boat deployement

Casey Perry (Assistant Expedition Leader)

Deployment date and time (UTC)

18:30, 17th July 2023

Location of deployment (Lat/Long)

North Pole! (89°56,5'N 007°50,5'W)

How were boats deployed? (e.g. configuration)

On the sea ice around the buoy in a peace symbol

Decorated Boats From These Organizations with boat numbers

Decorated in 2022 by:

  • 220229-220260 West Layden High School, Northlake, Illinois

  • 220111- 220117 Grunnskóli Drangsness, Iceland

  • Sandgerdisskóli, Iceland

*The iceball buoy pictured in this deployment stopped reporting shortly after deployment. Fortunately there was an Ice Pelican (300534062020890) in the neighborhood we can use instead.





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