During the One Forest Summit in Libreville, the Rougier Group signed a memorandum of understanding with the company Flying Whales to facilitate the transport of logs by air.
The aim is to promote more environmentally friendly methods of transporting wood, with 100% electric propulsion. The Rougier Group, which manages forest concessions in Gabon and the Republic of Congo, is looking for innovative, competitive solutions that are compatible with the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity to reduce its CO2 emissions and limit its footprint on the ground.
The airships designed by Flying Whales are capable of carrying heavy loads, with a carrying capacity of 60 tons. In addition, this means of transport has logistical advantages as it could reduce the duration of operations from 4 days by land to less than one day in Gabon, and from 15 days to one day in Congo.
Flying Whales hopes that this new mode of transport will have wider benefits by opening up isolated areas and creating employment and training opportunities.