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Wednesday 31 May 2023

Heading for Marseille

Following the successful stopover in Toulon (May 22 - 27) as part of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS – Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow, of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030, the Marseille stopover is scheduled from Monday June 5 to Saturday June 10, including the World Oceans Day on Thursday June 8. The catamaran LAGOON 570, refitted as the OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN, property of the OceanoScientific association and the totem base for this initiative of the Campus des Métiers et Qualifications d'excellence (CMQe) "Économie de la Mer" of the University of Toulon will arrive on Monday June 5 at around 4:00 pm in Marseille's Vieux-Port, at the pontoon opposite the town hall.

On the occasion of the first stopover of the FAMEX 2030 program (May 22 - 27), while the associations La Touline and CINav welcomed a large number of people including students in the Palais des Congrès Neptune in Toulon, Justine Camus, coordinator of the stopovers of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS within the OceanoScientific association, received port agents from the Rade of Toulon on board LOVE THE OCEAN.

On the agenda: the evolution of ship propulsion systems towards low-carbon maritime mobility for clean ports. Exactly the theme of the second priority axis of the FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030 program.


This will also be the theme addressed in the amphitheater of the Marseille branch of the École Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM), on Thursday June 8, as part of World Oceans Day. Indeed, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., no less than 130 third-year engineering students will be introduced to two major innovations designed to reduce the carbon impact of ships:


- Routing to take advantage of downwind and currents conditions to reduce fuel consumption, presented by Christian Dumard, a renowned router of Ocean races and racers;

- The use of hydrogen for ship propulsion, presented by Jérémie Lagarrigue, one of France's leading specialists in this field for over ten years, and Managing Director of EODev - Energy Observer Developments.


In addition, on the same Thursday of celebration of the Ocean, at the other end of Marseille, the spotlight will be on middle and high school students enrolled in the Brevet d'Initiation à la Mer (BIMer) run by the French Ministry of Education. They will visit the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille by boat and one of the CORSICA linea ferry. The results of the BIMer 2023 will be announced under the authority of Bernard Beignier, Recteur of the academic region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. These actions are led by the associations: La Touline and Campus national des industries de la mer (CINav), both members of the FAMEX 2030 consortium.


At the start of the week, La Touline - which has its head office in Brest and local offices in Marseille, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Nantes and Lorient - will also be organizing ExploriMer meetings for jobseekers and young people, with the presence of Anaïs Diméglio, an archaeologist from the French Department of Subaquatic and Underwater Archaeological Research (DRASSM), and Lucie Fournier, a merchant navy officer, to talk about their professional experiences. A marine biodiversity forum and a forum dedicated to the use of wind: from boating to offshore wind power, generating jobs for the future, will complete the program. These events will take place at La Cité des Métiers de Marseille et de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (4 rue des Consuls, Marseille 2e, France). Once again, La Touline will illustrate its vocation as a "Social link for the Sea Trades".


Starting on Saturday June 10, Yvan Griboval, President of OceanoScientific and Director of the eponymous expeditions, will begin the BioDivMed Mission 2023 to collect environmental DNA samples at 54 stations, each two kilometers long, between Menton (Italian border) and Cerbère (Spanish border), using the professional Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki, according to procedures defined by David Mouillot (UMR MARBEC).


Justine Camus (on the left) welcomed on board LOVE THE OCEAN port agents of the Rade de Toulon, including, from left to right: Manuel Feldis, Port Agent Toulon Vieille Darse; Françoise Temam, Port Agent Darse Nord; Vanessa Pozo, Port Agent

La Seyne-sur-Mer; Lucas Mazzonetto, Port Agent Toulon Vieille Darse ; Thomas Legall, Main Harbour Master

of the Port de Toulon Darse Nord. Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 24 May 2023

First stopover of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS - FAMEX 2030

Monday, May 22 at 12:30 pm the catamaran LAGOON 570 reconditioned in OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN docked at the quai d'honneur in Toulon (France) for a week of stopover, opening the cycle 2023 of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS – Revealing the vocations of Tomorrow of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030. This event, which is part of the actions of the fourth Investment for the Future Program (PIA4) of FRANCE 2030, is an initiative of the University of Toulon led by the Campus des Métiers et Qualifications d'excellence (CMQe) - Économie de la Mer - Région Sud based in La Seyne-sur-Mer. It is implemented by a consortium of 27 members, including the OceanoScientific association. Its stated objective is to promote the professions of the Blue Economy, whether it is positions to be filled today in a multitude of industrial and scientific sectors, or opportunities for future career paths due to the incredible diversity of professions linked to the Ocean.


It is Mrs. Clémence Mounier, Municipal Councillor delegated to the Sea representing the Mayor Josée Massi

and Mr. Philippe Buffe de Mornas, Advisor to the President of the University of Toulon, Xavier Leroux, who took the moorings of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN at its arrival at the quai d'honneur of Toulon (France). Photo OceanoScientific

For five days, the stopover of the FAMEX 2030's sailing totem base, the oceanographic and promotional catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN, is the occasion for numerous conferences, round tables and demonstrations in the Palais des Congrès Neptune in Toulon, where the major players in training for the sea trades, including the Campus national des industries de la mer (CINav) and the association La Touline, created in 1989 by sailors in a context of crisis in the Navy of Commerce and Fishing. Out of solidarity, the seafarers who founded this association in Brest shared their professional networks and experience to help other seafarers find a place on board. Renowned for the efficiency of its actions in favor of the reconversion of maritime professionals, La Touline also develops a number of actions aimed at young people, from secondary school onwards, to motivate them to take up a career in the sea.



The two major axes of the FAMEX 2030 program are:


AXIS 1 - Fishing & Aquaculture for a sustainable food system, to facilitate the training and awareness of the actors on their sites of exercise to the changes of the professional practices induced by the climate change, for a sustainable fishing for the benefit of the consumer. 


AXIS 2 – Decarbonized marine mobility & Clean ports, to anticipate the skills needed for the transformation (refit) and hybridization of ships in service, while anticipating the implementation of training programs compatible with the use of new propulsion energies. All fleets, without exception, are therefore concerned: large tonnage vessels, pleasure yachts, fishing boats, boaters' units, and even dinghies and drones.


Beyond these two major objectives, the purpose of FAMEX 2030 - half of which if financed by the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations - Banque des Territoires and the Région Sud, is to highlight that the Ocean is a powerful vector of economic development, a fantastic provider of jobs of all kinds.

Next stopover: Marseille from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 June


The stopover in Toulon of the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN of the OceanoScientific association was the occasion to embark the Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki; two partners joined together to support the success

of the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030. Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 17 May 2023


"Managing the resources of the Planet in the best way is to apply the essential principles of the circular economy" explains Yvan Griboval, President of the OceanoScientific association and navigator-explorer engaged in navigations with oceanographic vocation in the Mediterranean: BioDivMed Mission 2023, as in the Indian Ocean: OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030 and with the promotion of new professions of the Blue Economy: Tour MER & MÉTIERS - Reveal the vocations of Tomorrow of the program FAçade Méditerranée EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030, which will begin in Toulon on Monday, May 22nd. 


So instead of spending a few million on a new boat, OceanoScientific chose to give a new life to a LAGOON 570 catamaran (17 meters), produced in 2000-2001 by the Construction Navale Bordeaux - CNB shipyard from plans by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (Cabinet VPLP): "A well-born catamaran, intelligently designed by sailors for offshore sailors, solidly built by a unit of the Beneteau Group, world leader in its sector of activity, at ease in almost all oceanic sailing conditions... In short, the ideal tool for the future philanthropic missions of general interest of the OceanoScientific association, with a yearly program of 12,000 to 15,000 nautical miles during eight years".


The LAGOON 570 born DRAGOON in 2001 became LOVE THE OCEAN on May 12 at Port Navy Service in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (France) thanks to the dexterity and talent of Bertrand Le Gallic, owner of the Stickerman - Pix'Sail companies (Auray - Morbihan). Bertrand was Yvan Griboval's accomplice during the 24 years of the Trophée Clairefontaine des Champions de Voile 

during which he managed the markings of the eight catamarans. Photo OceanoScientific

During the month spent at Port Navy Service (Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, France), the main works concerned the repair of engines, saildrives and traditional power sources. Essential work carried out efficiently by Christophe Ortin's teams (Atelier Marine Services). The underwater parts of the hulls have also been exposed in order to apply several layers of primer - which protects the polyester - and then hard matrix antifouling paint. This prevents life from developing under the catamaran without letting chemical particles dissolve into the sea. This was the job of Frederic Switala (META Yachts Services) and his staff.


The equipment in means of production of decarbonated energy: hydro generators and solar panels, will be done from mid-July to mid-August at the end of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS of the FAMEX 2030, then of the BioDivMed Mission 2023.


Obviously, it is the "change of dress" orchestrated by Bertrand Le Gallic (Stickerman - Pix'Sail) that is the most spectacular transformation. The old white pleasure catamaran is being transformed into a beautiful grey workboat. It becomes the first catamaran with oceanographic vocation and promotion of the new professions of the Blue Economy, sailing without CO2 emission.


LOVE THE OCEAN will have its scientific equipment at the end of May, then in July-August:


- Pump and filtration kits for the collection of environmental DNA - eDNA installed on board the Vanguard semi-rigid inflatable motorized by Suzuki.


OceanoScientific System - OSC System of automatic collection every ten seconds and automatic transmission every hour of about ten physico-chemical data intended to feed meteorological databases in quasi real time and scientific databases dedicated to the study of the causes and consequences of the climatic disruption/global warming: Temperature & Salinity of surface sea water, Fluorescence, Dissolved Oxygen; Temperature & Humidity of the air, Direction & Force of the wind; Atmospheric pressure, etc.


- On-board DNA/RNA sequencing kit to save genetic data of unknown marine organisms in danger of extinction in order to enhance the value of molecules of interest intended to promote the emergence of new therapies for Health and Wellness (Dermatology - Cosmetology - Nutrition) and environmental services by biomimicry (Aquaculture - Agriculture).


- Freezers dedicated to scientific samples.


- Underwater robot (- 300 m) for sediment collection.


- Satellite transmission equipment for access / transmission to international scientific databases.


Exploration areas: West Mediterranean - Atlantic - English Channel - North Sea - East Mediterranean - Red Sea - Indian Ocean: Éparses Islands (France) in the Mozambique Channel.


LOVE THE OCEAN / LAGOON 570 n°7 in the serie: Hull length: 17,06 m - Width: 9,15 m - Draft: 1,40 m - Displacement: 18 tons - Upwind sail area: 170 m2 - Downwind sail area: 216 m2.


First phase: Preparation of the hulls before applying the covering. This is a delicate step,

perfectly mastered by Erwan Monchaux (Stickerman - Pix'Sail). Photo OceanoScientific


Bertrand Le Gallic and Erwan Monchaux (Stickerman - Pix'Sail) battle against the Mistral gusts

to apply the HEXIS adhesive produced in Frontignan (Occitanie). The longevity of the covering depends on the quality

of the application of the adhesive film. Photo OceanoScientific


Perfect result: The hull of the catamaran LAGOON 570 has become a real mirror. This sailboat will be able

to start its new life in the hands of the crews of the OceanoScientific association to lead oceanographic expeditions

and to promote the professions of the Blue Economy. Photo OceanoScientific


Three coats of primer, then two coats of antifouling will soon be applied by Frédéric Switala's team (META Yacht Services)

and the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN will be able to be back on the water very quickly

and begin her philanthropic missions of general interest. Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 2 May 2023

BioDivMed Mission 2023: An unprecedented mapping

of the Mediterranean marine biodiversity 

The BioDivMed Mission 2023 will carry out a synchronized and standardized inventory of living organisms on the French Mediterranean coast and the Pelagos Sanctuary using environmental DNA (eDNA) under the joint impetus of the Rhone Mediterranean Corsica Water Agency, the University of Montpellier and a common laboratory funded by the ANR (French National Research Agency) between the MARBEC Research Unit and the company SpyGen. This unique and exemplary partnership for the benefit of marine biodiversity also involves the company Andromède Océanologie, the Vigilife alliance and two philanthropic associations from Nice: OceanoScientific and We are Méditerranée. This exceptional operation will enable the first fine-scale and synchronous mapping of the marine biodiversity of the French Mediterranean coastal zone, including lagoons, river mouths and ports, up to the Pelagos Sanctuary between Corsica and the mainland.


This will be the first big OceanoScientific Expedition with the catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN, currently in preparation at Port Navy Service (Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône). For this purpose, its Suzuki Marine motorized Vanguard Marine inflatable boat will be specially fitted out and equipped to facilitate the work of the OceanoScientific team. About sixty sampling stations of about one nautical mile have been selected between the Italian and Spanish borders by the MARBEC team of scientists under the direction of David Mouillot. Each station will be covered twice to optimize the efficiency of the collection.


Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in front of the port of La Grande Motte and thanks tothe collaboration

of the Yacht Club de la Grande Motte (YCGM), Alicia Dalongeville (SpyGen) makes a demonstration of the procedure

of collection of samples of eDNA to a part of the team of the association OceanoScientific. Photo OceanoScientific

The objective of the BioDivMed Mission is to determine and better understand the occurrences of fish, crustacean and marine mammal species and to establish a true fine-scale mapping of marine biodiversity. To do this, environmental DNA (eDNA) technology will be used to allow a standardized inventory of the Mediterranean conducted in a synchronized manner by four sampling campaigns. During four months, more than 700 eDNA filtrations will be carried out in marine and brackish waters covering more than 2,000 kilometers.


eDNA metabarcoding is a new technology that allows the inventory of aquatic biodiversity thanks to the DNA traces left by species in their environment. The filtration and analysis of eDNA allow the detection of numerous species and therefore has a strong potential to develop a new generation of indicators of the health of marine waters under human impact or protection measures.


Never before has such a synchronized and standardized inventory of marine biodiversity been undertaken on French territory. This unprecedented effort is the result of the collaboration and synergy of four oceanographic campaigns planned this year between May and August 2023:


PISCIS : The campaign to monitor the health of the Posidonia meadows and the coralligenous which is implemented on behalf of the Water Agency by Andromède Océanologie;


PIAF : The study of the marine life of soft and sandy substrates. PIAF is coordinated by the University of Montpellier;


The OceanoScientific Expedition will follow the Mediterranean coasts from the Italian border to the Spanish border to collect eDNA samples, as well as to inform and raise awareness about the issues related to the Ocean and its biodiversity by carrying out the Tour MER & MÉTIERS of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030;


The Pelagos expedition of the association We are Méditerranée, whose ambition is to study marine life in the pelagic zone, in particular in the Pelagos Sanctuary (SPAMI) aiming to protect marine mammals in a triangle comprising the French and Italian continents and including Corsica at its summit.


Thanks to this cooperation, a first mapping of marine biodiversity with a resolution of ten kilometers will be made available in 2024 to all stakeholders and managers of coastal and marine areas on the mapping platforms MEDTRIX and Vigilife Maps - The Global Life Observatory, of which the University of Montpellier and SpyGen are two founding members.


Mission BioDivMed 2023

Wednesday 19 April 2023

First operating phase successfully completed

Since Tuesday afternoon, April 18, the 17-meter catamaran LAGOON 570, built in 2001 on plans by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) at the CNB shipyard (Groupe Beneteau) is ashore at Port Navy Service, in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône - Région Sud. It is thus in one of the technical bases of the OceanoScientific association that this DRAGOON catamaran will become the new OceanoScientific Explorer named LOVE THE OCEAN. Its blessing by Monseigneur Dominique-Marie David, Archbishop of Monaco, is scheduled in the morning of Thursday, June 29 at the pontoon of honor of the Yacht Club de Monaco. The departure of the shipyard is scheduled in mid-May in anticipation of the start of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire - FAMEX 2030, which is part of the MÉDITERRANÉE DU FUTUR, the major international operation for adapting to the consequences of climate change carried out by the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean, based in Barcelona. 


Last sunrise between Figueira da Foz (Portugal) and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône (France - Région Sud), the end of this first navigation, on the Bec de l'Aigle, the Cape of La Ciotat. There are only about thirty nautical miles left

to cover out of the 1,200 of this convoy. Photo OceanoScientific

"During this navigation of 1,200 nautical mile (2,220 km), we have had almost every type of wind and sea state that we will encounter in offshore sailing conditions", explained Yvan Griboval as he set foot in the Région Sud. "From flat calms to a nice and long downwind slide in 25 to 30 knots with wind gusts for nearly six hours; a descent towards the Strait of Gibraltar while winding in front of more than 30 knots of a breeze that was raising a big nasty chop that was difficult to climb; a small gust of wind of three to four hours of 40-45 knots on a moonless night - the "feeling" is superior to the information of the anemometer! - and a truly magical moment upwind with an average of more than 8.5 knots on the bottom in 18 to 22 knots of spring breeze in the middle of the Gulf of Lion. In short, I never imagined that a LAGOON 570 with tired sails would offer us so much satisfaction, so much pleasure during such a "discovery sailing".


This 1,200 nautical mile trip allowed us to discover the behavior of the new OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN in many wind and sea conditions. It was nice to see that with a 25 to 35 knots tailwind, it is easy to maintain an average of 10 knots without much sail. Photo OceanoScientific 

Only shadow in the picture: "For the first time in nearly 60 years of sailing the seas and Ocean, I called on the help of the lifeguards at sea! At night, I succeeded in grounding the LAGOON 570 on the corner of a tuna farm that was overflowing from a marked area between Cadiz (Spain) and the Strait of Gibraltar. Standing there, I looked as stupid as a tuna harpooned by a fisherman. The Spanish rescue team arrived quickly on the spot, and remained on standby in case of need of intervention. At the time of hiring, the workers of the aquaculture farm came, with a slightly sarcastic smile, to sink the small part of the tuna pen in which I had hooked the rudder and SailDrive of the port hull of the catamaran. We were soon on our way again... a bit sheepish!"


Final objective of this navigation Portugal - France, the landing at Port Navy Service (Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône - Région Sud). Here the phase 1: Perfectly present the catamaran on the forklift. Photo OceanoScientific


Second phase of the grounding by the very competent teams of Philippe Froment, Director of Port Navy Service: Progressive exit (dry berthing) of the catamaran from its element. Photo OceanoScientific


Third and last phase: The ship is ashore at Port Navy Service, which becomes one of the technical bases

of the new OceanoScientific Explorer. From DRAGOON, this 17-meter catamaran will change color

and will become in one month: LOVE THE OCEAN. Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 12 April 2023

Rock 'n roll in Trafalgar

The 17-meter catamaran LAGOON 570, built in 2001 from plans by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) at the CNB shipyard (Groupe Bénéteau), is becoming more and more the OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN. It continues its progression towards France. After several maintenance services performed in the very welcoming Lagos Marina (Portugal), we continued the route with one of the most hazardous sequences of navigation in this early spring in the Atlantic as in the Mediterranean: the crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar. Even though we have crossed it many times in one direction and in the other, being greeted by a 25 to 35 knots breeze from the front (South - South-West) and a violent tidal current, also from the front, is always a hardship. Especially in a short and hollow sea with aggressive waves. But it was better than the 45 to 55 knots of the day before! On the positive side, it allowed us to measure the quality of this 17-meter boat, which is more suited to offshore sailing than to coastal racing in hostile weather conditions. The doubling of the Cape of Trafalgar (Spain) - in the sad memory of French sailors - was the most complicated. No less than 23 tacks were required to pass this historic cape and to sail the last few miles to Tarifa Island (Spain), the western gateway to the Strait of Gibraltar.


From now on, the ascent towards France continues, with the passage of some tricky capes and the crossing of the Gulf of Lion, often animated by a strong Tramontane in this season, then with the promise of strong gusts of Mistral while approaching Provence. Two more periods of maintenance and decoration and we will start on May 22 in Toulon the Tour MER & MÉTIERS of the program FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire (FAMEX 2030) and the BioDivMed Mission of environmental DNA collection between the Italian and Spanish borders at the initiative of the Rhone Mediterranean Corsica agency and under the scientific guidance of the University of Montpellier (UMR MARBEC).


It is hard not to feel a twinge of sadness as we round the Cape of Trafalgar, the penultimate gateway before entering 

the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. We think of the naval battle that raged on 21st October 1805 

with the crushing victory of the English, despite the death of Vice-Admiral Nelson, their heroic leader who reduced to nothing two-thirds of Napoleon's Franco-Spanish fleet commanded by Vice-Admiral Pierre de Villeneuve. More than to the defeat 

of a Napoleon going to war, it is to the sailors lost at sea that we think with respect.... Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 29 March 2023

Technical stopover in Lagos, Portugal

Having purchased the catamaran LAGOON 570 number 7 in Figueira da Foz, about 100 nautical miles north of Cascais and Lisbon, it was useful and practical to benefit from the expertise of the professionals established on the Portuguese coasts to proceed to the first revisions and modifications necessary before an intensive use. This 17-meter catamaran, built in 2001 from plans by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prévost (VPLP) at the CNB shipyard (Groupe Bénéteau), although perfectly maintained by its previous owners, needs to be put in configuration for annual ocean sailings of 12,000 to 15,000 nautical miles (approximately 25,000 km). 


This is how the stopover in Lagos Marina (Algrave) was organized in order to entrust the rigging services to Pete Keeping, and to SOPROMAR for the engines, saildrives (propulsion systems), generator and navigation system. The next step will be the departure on Saturday, April 1st to Port Navy Service (Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône - Bouches-du-Rhône - Région Sud - France) for further maintenance and final transformations of the Swedish DRAGOON into the French LOVE THE OCEAN intended to carry out the OceanoScientific Expeditions in the Eparses Islands (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises - TAAF). These uninhabited French islands in the Indian Ocean are located in the Mozambique Channel, between Madagascar and Africa. 


Before that, we will be sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, on the occasion of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS within the FAçade Méditerranéenne EXemplaire (FAMEX 2030) program, and as part of the BioDivMed Mission to collect environmental DNA between the Italian and Spanish borders.


Pete Keeping (his back on the photo) and his team working at the base of the mast to replace the main stay 

of the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran. Photo OceanoScientific


Early morning at the reception pontoon of Lagos Marina. The oceanographic catamaran LOVE THE OCEAN

still under the colors of DRAGOON, its name when it was under the Swedish flag, is moored in front of a monohull 

for initiation to deep-sea navigation (see photo below). 


This ancient sailing ship is an exact replica of one of the two caravels of Bartolomeu Dias (1450-1500), one of the four most famous Portuguese sailors-explorers of the 15th century. With such a ship, he discovered the Cape of Storms / 

Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Agulhas in the South of Africa (1487-1488). Photo OceanoScientific

Wednesday 15 March 2023

Maui Jim commits to the OceanoScientific Expeditions

Yvan Griboval, President of the philantropic association of general interest OceanoScientific and Éric Gonguet, Sales Director of Maui Jim (Kering Eyewear) France, Belgium and Luxembourg, signed the 14 March 2023 a partnership for the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030"I have been wearing Maui Jim sunglasses for almost 25 years, ever since this brand, born in the Hawaiian Islands 35 years ago, arrived in France. I don't know of anything better to protect oneself at sea from the sun's rays, direct or by reverberation", explains Yvan Griboval as a convinced user. "This is why I wanted the crew of the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran and the scientists on board to wear Maui Jims sunglasses, both during the OceanoScientific Expeditions in the Eparses Islands (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises - TAAF) in the Mozambique Channel, between Madagascar and Africa, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea on the occasion of the Tour MER & MÉTIERS and the BioDivMed Mission for the collection of environmental DNA between the Italian and Spanish borders". "The origin of Maui Jim sunglasses is precisely to protect from the intensity of the sun's rays in natural environments where it is very aggressive for the eyes: sea and mountain, as we meet in Hawaii", said Eric Gonguet. "This is why we are happy to accompany sailors engaged in long navigations, because we know that our Maui Jim sunglasses will contribute to their comfort, will help them to be well protected in a hostile environment. We are even happier to accompany these oceanographic sailing missions without CO2 emissions because it is fundamentally in the Maui Jim Spirit!".


From left to right: Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific

and Éric Gonguet, Sales Director of Maui Jim France, Belgium & Luxembourg seal their agreement with a warm handshake

to associate the parrot of the island of Maui (Hawaii) with the OceanoScientific albatross of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Photo Maui Jim


Tuesday 14 March 2023 in Castelnau-Le-Lez (Occitanie), at the French headquarters of Maui Jim, Yvan Griboval and Éric Gonguet signed the partnership contract for the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030. Photo Maui Jim 

Wednesday 18 January 2023

Suzuki Marine commits to the OceanoScientific Expeditions

Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific and Guillaume Vuillardot, Director of the Marine activity of Suzuki France, signed a long-term partnership for the OceanoScientific Expeditions 2023-2030 in the Parisian showroom of the brand of French luxury lingerie Lise Charmel, historical partner of the OceanoScientific association. This Suzuki / OceanoScientific partnership will include the supply of a Suzuki DF30A engine to equip the Vanguard inflatable dinghy designed to transport the scientific divers of the LOVE THE OCEAN catamaran to the exploration sites of the Eparses Islands (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises - TAAF) in the Mozambique Channel, between Madagascar and Africa. "We chose this Suzuki engine because of its low fuel consumption and a unique system that allows limited CO2 emissions. It is also the lightest in its category. These are important criteria when we are in the middle of nowhere and the safety of the scientists diving depends on the quality of our equipment. Having Vanguard semi-rigid equipped with with Suzuki is a guarantee of reliability and efficiency. So it is an asset for the success of our innovative expeditions", declared Yvan Griboval. And Guillaume Vuillardot added "This partnership is consistent with our environmental program "Clean Ocean Project" aimed at limiting our consumption and discharge of plastic. One of its objectives is also to contribute to a better understanding of the Ocean to better protect its biodiversity. Thus, we are happy to help OceanoScientific to a better knowledge of the genetic data of marine organisms endangered by the Sixth Extinction".


From left to right : Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific 

and Guillaume Vuillardot, Director of the Marine activity of Suzuki France, in the showroom of the brand of luxury lingerie 

Lise Charmel, historical partner of OceanoScientific. Photo Lise Charmel / OceanoScientific


Cordial exchange in the showroom of the brand of luxury lingerie Lise Charmel, historical partner of OceanoScientific, 

between representatives of two companies mobilized on the theme of the preservation of the Nature in general 

and of the Ocean in particular. From left to right: Guillaume Vuillardot, Director of the Marine activity of Suzuki France; 

Olivier Piquet, President of Lise Charmel; Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific; Marika Doulas, Responsible for Communication, Marketing & Press of the Marine activity of Suzuki France. 

Photo Lise Charmel / OceanoScientific

Thursday 5 January 2023

Sir Ernest Shackleton for eternity

January 5, the anniversary of his death in 1922 on South Georgia Island at 54° South and 36° West, is an opportunity to remember Sir Ernest Shackleton. Record-breakers will point out that it was the Norwegian Roald Amundsen on board FRAM (visible in Oslo) who first planted a flag at the South Pole, on the 14 December 1911; while the famous British, who was attempting to cross the Antarctic continent, wandered from 1914 to 1917: first on the ENDURANCE, then in a lifeboat, and finally on foot, once the 44-meter three masted schooner had been swallowed up on the 21 November 1915, by the ice of the Weddell Sea. And found by 3,008 meters deep on 9 March 2022 by the Endurance22 expedition, less than five nautical miles from the place estimated by Frank Worsley, its captain. Another extraordinary adventure! But for all the explorers who were more or less direct disciples of Shackleton and for a good number of long-distance sailors, Sir Ernest Shackleton remains THE reference, the one who brought back his 27 companions safe and sound, in incredible conditions that force respect for eternity.


The hunt for records, the quest for performance and the race for oceanic victories; as well as the conquest of emerging or submerged maritime territories; and the research for oceanographic successes, should not make us forget that when a commander, whether he is an admiral, captain, skipper or solo sailor, casts off, he is embarking on an adventure on the immensity of the Ocean. From then on, the rules of the Earth give way to those laid down by Nature. It is another dimension. Man comes closer to his original status, which made him an animal like any other at Creation. He is no longer the biped dressed with super powers of oversized urban cities, over-equipped, so computerized that they connect him to everything and anything.


Once at sea, the essential values that make a human being a sailor, or even a great sailor, are actually quite simple, including four essential values in no particular hierarchical order: Courage, Willpower, Humility and Humanity. To which we can add: Audacity, Combativeness and Resilience. And it is better to be smart, vigilant and reactive, than nincompoop, indecisive and passive. Besides, it is not only at sea that this is useful, because it is better to be an actor of your life than a spectator...


Then, in addition to the military objectives that we will not mention here for lack of knowledge of the subject, the result of the navigation: record attempt, competition, exploration, research, ... it will only be a consequence partially disconnected from the quality of the sailor's work, the finesse of the navigation. "How many regattas have I finished with the satisfaction of having "sailed clean" in terms of navigation options, maneuvers and tactical choices, without being at the top of the ranking", explains Yvan Griboval, President of the philanthropic association OceanoScientific and former professional ocean racing skipper, "and more than once I have gone for the cup without feeling that I have accomplished a performance worthy of the result obtained and the honors received"


Ernest Shackleton had the peculiarity, as generally all explorers - often considered as "conquerors of the useless" - of always running after the financing to assume the debts of a previous expedition even before financing the next one. But, at the same time, he generously distributed the proceeds of his conferences to charities. This illustrates the paradox of a state of mind that is definitely difficult to understand by the common people of Earth!


This great navigator is a source of inspiration more than a century after his extraordinary campaign of 1914-17. Moreover, several friends of the OceanoScientific association have set out on his tracks.


Let's first mention the expedition initiated and led by Luc Hardy, a Franco-American member of The Explorers Club: "À la poursuite de l'Endurance", carried out on board the sailing boat AUSTRALIS during the fall of 2014 with eight people from various backgrounds. It resulted in a book and a film directed by Bertrand Delapierre.


On board the AUSTRALIS, in addition to Luc Hardy, were embarked François "Ben" Bernard, polar guide and extreme skipper, David Hempleman-Adams, experienced explorer, Justin Packshaw, former officer, Ben Wallis, skipper of AUSTRALIS, Zoé Koenig, scientist and two young soldiers: Ollie Baindbridge & Keith Harbridge, not to mention Swiss snowboarding champion, wingsuiter and speaker Geraldine Fasnacht, whose images of crazy snow slides on the side of a volcano with a 50° slope leave you speechless. ..


Although made almost a hundred years later, with a group of skilled explorers equipped with modern equipment and the assurance of having potential assistance at short notice in case of serious problems, the film highlights the complexity of the journey made under Dantean conditions between Elephant Island and South Georgia Island. This is the route that Ernest Shackleton and five of his crew, including Frank Worsley, Captain of the ENDURANCE, took on board the lifeboat CAIRD to seek help for the 21 sailors abandoned to their sad fate on Elephant Island, condemned to the worst without the heroic determination of their leader.


Less extreme but not less remarkable is the expedition carried out under sail on SIR ERNST, a Boréal 47 monohull, designed and built by Jean-François Delevoye, who spent nine years in the Patagonian canals. Initiated by François Miribel & Fabrice Papazian, accompanied by Hervé Perrin and Philippe Gredat, the SIR ERNST drew a small line in the Mediterranean and a very large one in the Atlantic: from the Yacht Club de Monaco to Marguerite Bay, on the Antarctic peninsula (South of Cape Horn), discovered on the 15 January 1909 by Jean-Baptiste Charcot and named after Marguerite Cléry, the second wife of the great French Antarctic and Arctic explorer.


These two recent adventures of 21st century sailors have something in common with each other and with their illustrious inspirer. These three extreme navigations have allowed to carry out unprecedented scientific missions. Physical and chemical data collection on board the ENDURANCE, snow sampling and deployment by Zoé Koenig of floats for meteorological and oceanographic purposes, in particular Argo floats, on board the AUSTRALIS. As for the crew of the SIR ERNST, they collected bathymetric data for the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in Antarctic zones that have been little or not mapped.  


We recommend reading the book: "Ernest Shackleton - Endurance" published by Libretto, translated by Marie-Louise Landel, with a preface by Paul-Émile Victor, illustrated with the exceptional photos of Frank Hurley, photographer on board the ENDURANCE, witness of this incredible human adventure.


As well as the books: "The Pursuit of Endurance" by Luc Hardy and "Sir Ernst - Plus qu'un voilier en Antarctique" by the crew of François Miribel and Fabrice Papazian.

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