The Geneva-based Fondation Pacifique invites the local and international media in Singapore to a press conference on 14 March 2018 at 10am at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club on the occasion of the arrival in Singapore of the 33m-long ketch Fleur de Passion as part of The Ocean Mapping Expedition.
This unique 4-year journey (2015-2019) around the world from Seville to Seville combines science, education and culture to map the human impact on the oceans and raise awareness about sustainable development issues in the wake of Magellan, she 500 years after the first ever circumnavigation.
Coming from Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, the 33m-long and tallest sailboat under Swiss flag Fleur de Passion (« Flower of Passion »), a former WWII German minesweeper turned into a sailing boat, will stop in Singapore from 13 to 25 March 2018 before heading further towards Jakarta, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa where she is expected to arrive in Durban then Cape Town by the end of the year.
On this occasion, initial results of the newly launched and pioneering Winds of Change scientific program consisting in monitoring greenhouse gases on the surface of the oceans in order to better understand their role in the issue of global warming will be released. Additional results from the 20,000 sounds under the seas program on noise pollution carried out since the departure of the expedition will also be shared. With the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore and James Cook University, the stopover of Fleur de Passion at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club will also include public events and outreach activities echoing the goals of the expedition.
The press conference will be held in the presence of:
Pietro Godenzi (Switzerland), President and skipper, Fondation Pacifique
Samuel Gardaz (Switzerland), Vice-President for corporate affairs, Fondation Pacifique
Dr Daniel McGinnis (United States), Department of Aquatic Physics, University of Geneva, partner of the expedition and responsible for The Winds of Change program
Dr Michel André (France, Spain), Director of the Laboratory of Bioacoustic Applications, Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, and partner of the expedition and responsible for the 20,000 sounds under the seas program
Dr Dale Anderson (Australia), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus, Singapore, James Cook University
The press conference will be followed by a visit and lunch on board Fleur de Passion.
VENUE: Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, 52 West Coast Ferry Road
RSVP: by Friday 9 March 2018 to Samuel Gardaz, vice-president for Public Affairs
A group of foreign students, mainly from Asia, were among the first to come on board Fleur de Passion on Sunday 19 March 2017, right after the expedition was back again in downtown Brisbane for another session of public events. Standing alone at the helm or sitting in groups at the stern with she CDB skyline as a backdrop, visibly so happy to feel the thrill of adventure in the « high seas », taking selfies or more traditional pictures, for sure they contributed to making The Ocean Mapping Expedition famous in their their home country, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thatand and even Nepal! As well as Slovenia, by the way…
After a short break early this week to finalize some work on board, public visits will resume on Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 from 10am to 6pm. Spread the word!
For The Ocean Mapping Expedition coming from a « landlocked » country like Switzerland, being invited for a presentation at the Queensland Maritime Museum was something quite special. And the team who took part to the event was more than happy to share this unique experience of sailing around the world in the wake of Magellan, on Saturday 18 Mars, while the other crew members had unfortunately to stay on watch on board Fleur de Passion, who had just docked in the center of Brisbane that same day. They were more than happy and a bit proud, considering the size of such a vast « sea locked » country as Australia and its impressive maritime heritage.
Beyond these geographical considerations and from a more human perspective, we could nevertheless feel some kind of astonishment and obvious consideration for this Swiss expedition and the stunning history of Fleur de Passion from the people attending the presentation, mainly Aussies and museum members. And because Switzerland is actually a country much more connected to the high seas then one could think and to celebrate this meeting of minds that day at the museum, a new item will now be features in the exhibition rooms: an official drawing made by Swiss illustrator and cartoonist Tom Tirabosco, offered by the Fondation Pacifique vice-president Samuel Gardaz to QMM Executive Director Ian Jempson.
It’s official: The Ocean Mapping Expedition is now one of the « affiliate events » of The World Science Festival, which will take place from 22 to 26 March 2017 throughout the capital of Queensland. Whoever shows interest for the event and the variety of events proposed to the public will recognize the familiar « skyline » not of the city but of Fleur de Passion on the festival’s website (http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/events/affiliate-events/), while the boat is expected to be dock downtownn from this Saturday 18 March until 28 March.
During public visits on board, people will have the opportunity to discover the two scientific programs carried on as part of the missions of the expedition on sound and plastic pollution. They will in particular be able to listen live to the noises from the Brisbane river thanks to the manual hydrophone of the program « 20,000 sounds under the seas » and will have the privileged to be explained what is at stake with so called « sound pollution » of the oceans by French biologist Michel André from the Laboratory of Bioacoustic Applications from the Technical University of Catalunia and partner of the expedition. A unique occasion to get an idea about what marine animals experiment due the development of human activity.
Public visits on Fleur de Passion: Sunday 19, Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March from 10am to 6pm, every 30 minutes
Venue: Riverlife, Kangaroo Point
By groups of up to 15 people at a time
For more info on The World Science Festival: www.worldsciencefestival.com.au