F
i nn i ng , one o f t he wo r l d ’s l a rges t
distributors of Cat equipment and power
systems, has modified and supplied two
‘Arctic-ready’ Cat D6Ns for the world’s first winter
crossing of Antarctica, which began on March 21st
2013. The Coldest Journey expedition is taking
place between the two seasonal equinoxes, 20 March – 20 September, with Ice Team members Brian Newham, Ian
Prickett, Dr Robert Lambert, and Finning engineers Spencer Smirl and Richmond Dykes.
The entirely self-sufficient team will travel 2,400 miles from Crown Bay to Captain Scott’s base at McMurdo
Sound – via the South Pole - in temperatures approaching -90°C and in near permanent darkness with limited
search and rescue capabilities due to the hostile winter conditions.
As part of the first ever trans-Antarctic crossing during the polar winter, the team will attempt to raise US$10
million for international charity, Seeing is Believing. The global initiative is committed to eliminating avoidable
blindness in developing countries where eighty percent of blindness can be prevented or treated.
Utilising specialist equipment located in a scientific research caboose towed by the Cat D6Ns, the expedition
team will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on glaciology, marine life, oceanography
and meteorology.
Commenting on the start of The Coldest Journey, Finning Director of Equipment Solutions, Jason Howlett said:
“When Sir Ranulph Fiennes first approached us three years ago to support a mechanical crossing of Antarctica, we
knew we faced an incredible challenge to prepare two machines capable of achieving such a feat. Through the
support of our colleagues at Caterpillar, and the engineering excellence of our team at Cannock, we have achieved
this and everyone at Finning is proud to have played a part in an expedition for such a worthy cause.
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