Yesterday on the tenth day of racing in the Vendee Globe, Boris Herrmann deployed an Argos scientific data collection system beacon, transmitted by Ocean OPS, and which is activated today and could be transmitting data live that will be available on the following website.
As Boris Herrmann is not only an experienced sailor but also committed to the environment, he is a member of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission and was keen to gather data on this round the world towards a better understanding of climate change. It’s a first. To carry out his mission, he relies on an a fully automated laboratory onboard which is analysing samples 24/7 and transmitting them to scientists at the Max-Planck Institute in Hamburg, GEOMAR in Kiel and IFREMER in Brest.
“It is great to be able to contribute in this way to ocean science. The partnership with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission is a great one and I am happy that the IMOCA class is also behind this. It is also near the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and I am proud to be able to be a part of this important mission. It is really paramount for us to use our platform to help scientists to better understand climate change and our Ocean. The float will drift around for many years and will send data directly back to our scientists. It measures temperature, salinity and pressure data from the top 2,000m of the ocean and it automatically sends this back home.”
The beacon is covered in signatures of children who are avidly following the German skipper’s progress. “The beacon will be watched by scientists but also by children,” said the sailor with a smile as he lowered it overboard. Boris Herrmann is like that. A jack of all trades who keeps one eye on the horizon, the other on the chart table and an open mind to causes that match his beliefs.
The name Seaexplorer is a reference to an initiative led by Kuehne + Nagel who have set up a digital platform to measure the impact of CO2 emissions in shipping and enable its clients to make more eco-responsible choices in terms of transport.
Reducing emissions is on everyone’s lips, including the luxury yacht sector that is determined to change the face of its industry. Led by the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Superyacht Eco Association (SEA) Index is a benchmark to measure the environmental impact of 40+m yachts.