Innovative and evolutionary in design, the Eco-Odyssey Foundation’s 62 metre Polar Expedition Schooner is the Global Flagship and Ambassador for showcasing the latest environmentally friendly technology.
Eco-Odyssey shall provide an unparalleled global platform for younger generations to experience ocean exploration interactivity, conservation, education and environmental awareness.
Specially designed by French Naval Architects Olivier Petit and Nicolas Berthelot and built of sustainable and recyclable materials, key to the innovative and specialised design and safety features of the schooner is the ability to retract her underwater appendages in both Polar ice and shallow River regions to continue her voyage operations.
Based on eco-friendly solutions by harnessing solar and wind energy, the schooner’s principal propulsion will come from its 995 sq. metres of mainsail area.
Principal power supplies are provided through a combination of renewable energy sources, solar panels (90 sq. m), 4 x wind generators and new battery technology, therefore permitting emission-free voyaging and zero environmental footprint.
For classification society and statutory authority approvals, propulsion is also provided by Schottel main and forward auxiliary electrical jet pumps. This enables hull flush installation for optimum through-water and manoeuvring efficiency, extremely shallow navigation and – important to our philosophy - compatibility with interchangeable and ever-changing power sources as the new technologies are advanced.
In addition the latest Green generator technology will support peak energy requirements such as craneage launch and recovery operations and any unplanned schooner emergencies.
The synergy of wind, solar and green fuel technologies provides a multilateral approach to energy efficiency and Eco-Odyssey’s philosophy of keeping its environmental footprint as low as reasonably practical.
Accommodating a maximum of 44 crew, celebrities, VIPs, children and guests, the schooner features the latest communication technology, computer workstations, multimedia broadcast, video post-production suite and interactive conferencing facilities.
In support of the Eco-Odyssey vision and mission - and therefore minimal environmental footprint - the latest technologies and team operations are additionally incorporated for all aspects of:
Energy use and efficiency
Expedition equipment and operations
Crew & guest day-to-day lifestyles
Provisioning & messing
Plant, machinery and supporting systems
Electronic Navigation and Communication systems
Computer, video editing, broadcast work stations
Purification and recycling of waste waters
Purification of sewage
Recycling and waste management in general
To entertain, inspire, educate and captivate our joining children, guests and interactive global family, the schooner incorporates significant design features, plus an array of exciting expedition equipment, including but not limited to:
opening stern platform
manned and unmanned submersibles
latest diving systems and equipment
various RIB Support vessels
canoes / kayaks & watercraft
With comfort and efficiency in mind the spacious multi-level interior is specially designed and outfitted to accommodate all aspects of our ambitious expedition programme.
Known for 'basking' in the sun, this friendly shark is the second largest after the Whale shark.
Basking Sharks are impressive migrators, historically found in all of our ocean's temperate zones. Although fished aggressively in past centuries, today the Basking shark is most commonly found in the waters off New Zealand, Canada and Ireland.
Like his cousin the Whale shark, the Basking shark is a filter feeder, relying on Zooplankton and small Invertebrates as its main source of nutrition.
Reaching sizes of up to 10 meters, these sharks are gentle giants, known to swim slowly and near the surface of the water. Characterized by their docile nature, Basking sharks are an easy fishing target, and they are still hunted for their flesh, fins, and the gallons of oil produced by their livers.
Basking sharks equipped with research tags have proved to scientists they can swim across oceans and cross equators along their journeys. They have also been seen breaching and swimming nose to tail in what is thought to indicate mating behavior.
With fewer than 8,000 female Basking sharks left in our oceans, scientists are hurriedly trying to learn more about these mysterious creatures. Some believe they could become indicators of climate change given they are constantly following, searching for, or feeding on a great indicator of eco-system health, Zooplankton.