UNESCO Indian Ocean Expedition

As a part of the UNESCO sponsored International Indian Ocean Expedition, we set out in 2016 to help us collect vital data about our oceans.

 

We field-tested our proprietary OSMO (Ocean Sailing Microbiome Observatory) autosampler that aims to produce billions of georeferenced DNA and RNA sequences. We also compared our 2013 samples and with samples taken this year during the worst El Nino on record.

We’ve teamed up Oxford Nanopore Technologies to road test the MinION, and sequenced DNA straight from the field!

 

Leg 1: Phuket / Phi Phi Island, Thailand to Singapore

Dates: 25 March to 5 April, 2016

beautiful ocean landscape in Thailand

Phi Phi Island, Thailand

We start in world famous Phuket Island and cruise around Thailand’s famous islands and then set off for Singapore.

Field research activities included:

  • Field test Indigo’s proprietary OSMO device (Ocean Sailing Microbial Observatory)
  • Collect water samples to survey the plankton community during the worst El Nino on record
  • Collect plastic particles in the water
  • Measure ocean pH for acidification studies

 

Leg 2: Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia

Dates: 26 April to 4 May, 2016

Palau Belitung Island

We will leave Singapore and set off for Indonesia! Along the way we will cruise the Palau Bangka / Belitung islands.

Field research activities include:

  • Environmental Toxicology studies on harmful algal blooms
  • Collect plastic particles in the water
  • Measure ocean pH for acidification studies

 

Leg 3: Jakarta, Indonesia to Cocos Keeling, Australia

Dates: 27 May to 5 June, 2016

Krakatoa Island, Indonesia

Leaving Indonesia, we will sail to Krakatoa Island, between the islands of Java and Sumatra and then onto pristine Cocos Keeling Islands, just west of Australia. There are 27 coral atolls in Cocos, inhabited by about 600 people. Truly a stunning place and ideal to work this into a little on-land vacation.

Field research activities include:

  • Environmental Toxicology studies on harmful algal blooms
  • Collect plastic particles in the water
  • Measure ocean pH for acidification studies

 

Leg 4: Cocos Keeling to Chagos Archipelago (BIOT) to Mauritius

Dates: 20 June to 27 July, 2016

Chagos Archipelago

Salomon Island Atoll, Chagos Archipelago

Chagos Archipelago is in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Chagos is really fascinating place. It is one of the largest marine protected areas on the planet. Because of conservation efforts, it is arguably also the most pristine. Reef cover is spectacular and healthy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a truly unique place. We will be following up with our 2013 study, which identified Salomon Island Atoll as home to a very unique community of plankton. We will also be sampling plankton from other parts of Chagos, and build on our previous study.

Field research activities include:

  • Environmental Toxicology studies on harmful algal blooms
  • Virology studies inside/outside the lagoon
  • Collect plastic particles in the water
  • Measure ocean pH for acidification studies

 

Leg 5: Mauritius to St. Brandon (Cargados Carajos shoals)

Dates: 1 August to 7 August, 2016

Mauritius

This is a shorter cruise that allows us to visit the rarely visited and stunning area of St Brandon. The diving here is world-class and we’ll get a chance to go far off the beaten path and discover parts of the Mauritius that few people ever see!

 

Further voyages will be announced. Follow us on  Facebook or Twitter to be the first to know. 

 

About S/Y Indigo V

Indigo V is a Nautor Swan 61, designed by German Frers. She’s rated as Class A, the highest rating for seaworthiness. She’s undergoing a refit in Phuket, Thailand which includes mast re-stepping, respraying of the topside and installation of solar panels.

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Number of berths: 6

Number of heads: 2

Weight: 32 tons

Engine: Volvo Penta TAMD31. Full overhaul 2016.

Genset: Westerbeke BTD 12,5 Kw 240v 60Hz. Overhauled 2015.

Prop: Maxprop feathering blade

Nav Equipment: Raymarine chart/radar, Smart Pilot with Jefa 24v planetary drive unit. Overhauled 2015. Satellite telephone. Icom VHF, SSB, Ham, HF, LF.

Water maker: Cruise RO Water Maker. 2o gallons/hour. New unit installed 2015.

Standing rigging: Removed & repainted 2015. Hydraulic backstay replaced 2014. Hydrolic vang overhauled 2016.

Refrigeration: Engine and generator driven. Two refrigerators and one icebox freezer. Ice maker installed 2014.

Toilets: Fresh water flushing.

Safety equipment: MOB module on deck. ARC EPIRB – one per crew. Life vests.

Sails: Replaced new in 2015.

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