The ship has sailed over 270,000 nautical miles in every sea in the world, except the Arctic. This includes 3,700 km up the Amazon River. The current raise of $250,000 in funds will help us to sealing the ship and get it back into the water. Next steps will include voyaging to Colombia, the Amazon River Basin, and the Caribbean. Ports of call will include Cartagena, Santa Marta, Baranquilla and navigating the Magdalena River.
The Heraclitus is owned and operated by Ecotechnics Maritime, UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Institute of Ecotechnics.
The Last Phase of the Rebuild:
The new ferrocement hull has been rebuilt and we are now almost to the finish line! Our campaign to raise $250,000 will enable us to seal the ship and get it back into the water.
Learn more about our key milestones here.
“The ocean’s decline is an existential threat to us all… every second breath we take comes from the oxygen created by phytoplankton and other marine plants. The decline… [has] dire consequences for the future of many marine and terrestrial species, including humankind.”
– Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for The Oceans
We are currently in a global climate emergency. The ocean biome is facing the destructive impacts of multiple planetary crises, with rising temperatures and sea levels impacting marine flora and fauna, acidification of water and major meteorological consequences to rapidly changing marine environments. We need immediate solutions that help mitigate these impacts on people and the planet to ensure our survival.
The sea is the front line for research, monitoring, and documenting the planet’s changes. We can and must develop effective and inspired solutions to these urgent problems through innovative and targeted oceanic studies.
The Heraclitus is one of the most unique research vessels for accessing remote areas and engaging with local cultures. The ship will be outfitted with state-of-the-art data collection instruments, host seamanship training programs, and citizen science action.
Educational programs are an essential piece of the ongoing expeditions.
Programs will include:
• Documenting cultural diaspora
• Facilitating onsite and virtual classrooms
• Hosting guest lecturers and symposiums
Institute of Ecotechnics: U.K. Educational Charity, Central Register of Charities (No. 1081259)
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