Solar Ship Inc, a Canadian company with its head office in Toronto with operations in Cape Town, Lusaka, Kampala, and in Shenzhen, China have partnered with Manaf Freighters (Manaf) to use Solar Ship’s for cargo delivery and disaster relief in remote areas in East and Central Africa.
The deal will see Manaf acquire four aircraft’s, two of which can carry a 20-foot shipping container with a minimum payload of 5 tonnes.
Manaf CEO, Fred Nimubona. “Without their support, we would not have been able to see the multiple demonstrations of Solar Ship technology. The need for Peace & Freedom Services is immediate in our region. Many lives are being lost and our joint venture promises to improve the quality of life in regions that have, up until now, been inaccessible or diminished by war.”
Solar Ship develops hybrid aircraft to service cut-off places. The aircraft have capacity to fly large loads into areas without infrastructure and it enables the aircraft to fly without the use of fossil fuels. It has extremely short takeoff and landing capabilities, making Solar Ship a new class of aviation, with the lifting capacity of a truck and the performance of a bush plane.
According to Solar Ship’s Director of Africa Operations, Michel Rugema, “We have been working with Manaf since 2014 to establish their requirements and to develop the right aircraft for their needs. The goal of our platform is to access areas where there is no infrastructure so we can help people in their daily lives and unleash their economic potential.”
Solar Ship is ready to start deploying in Africa in 2017 to connect the Africa region with global logistics and provides critical cargo: food, clothing, medical supplies, and basic necessities.