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Monday, October 15, 2018


In connection with its sponsorship of the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Regatta) Volvo intends to launch a programme they call the Volvo Ocean Adventure. Web-driven, the Volvo Ocean Adventure seeks to bring ocean science to the classroom in ways both similar and different from other interactive systems. A principal difference will be the use of "limpet" sensors attached to the hull and masts of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts. These will deliver a 30-minute delayed (or with longer delay as agreed) analysis of water temperature, phytoplankton populations and other sea life data as the racing fleet runs its 9-month, 35,000 n/mile course. Phytoplankton - algae of microscopic plants - has a far greater effect on global carbon dioxide than all of the rain forests and other terrestrial sources put together.

The tanker industry, through INTERTANKO, was approached and has agreed to partner Volvo in this initiative. Test kits will be placed on tankers covering the need to gather data during and between the ocean races. We have been told that the test kits (basically a tube with light sensors and a small metal box) may be placed on the bridge wing and only need power supply with no or minimal maintenance.

Volvo is looking for a limited first-year relationship whereby a "test fleet" of a group of ships would be fitted with a variation of the limpet system. As time passes the fleet would hopefully grow and the project extend well beyond the completion of the Volvo Ocean Race. The INTERTANKO fleet would be the primary global source for this type of data in the years between regattas.

Indications are that the cost to individual members volunteering to participate would be about GBP 16,000 per unit. INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee discussed the project at their meeting on 29 May and some Executive Committee members have already offered to support the project by placing equipment on some of their ships.

This is a great opportunity to participate in a project of significant scientific value, which will also give you the possibility to profile your company and our industry world-wide.

If you would like any further information or would like to take part in this project, please contact Svein Ringbakken on e-mail: