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.
Commonly known as the "Unicorn of the Sea", the Narwhal is a fascinating and unique resident of the Arctic waters around Canada and Greenland.
The Narwhal's unique appearance is due to a huge tusk, a second tooth, that grows out of the animal's top jaw. Reaching lengths of 2.5 meters and weighing up to 10 Kilograms, this 'unicorn' has no formal use and has never been seen as a fighting tools in males.
Perfectly adapted for life in the Arctic, Narwhals use echolocation to map our holes in the ice so they can reach the surface for a breath. Staying close to loose pack ice, Narwhals must be very precise in order to find enough breathing holes to survive.
Narwhals are still hunted by the Inuit people of Canada for their tusks and meat, and are especially vulnerable to the impacts of Climate Change on the Arctic environment.