PREVIEW OF BLUEPRINTS FOR DAVID MELGUEIRO
Fully responding to the challenges and strategy defined in the European BLUE GROWTH Policy in particular and Global environmental challenges in general, as well as the need of logistical support for research and training in the areas of the sciences of the sea, its goal is the construction of a sailing investigation vessel for scientific expeditions in areas such as environmental conservation, marine sciences, biology, atmospheric and earth sciences, oceanography, archaeology and diving.
This sailing vessel will respond, in a real and sustainable way, to the needs of the Universities, Investigation and training Centres, schools and other entities developing projects in these areas. Its low operation costs (5 to 10 times cheaper than the usual ships) will enable the realization of low budget projects, such as master theses and practical courses, and also the creation of a “Scientific ERASMUS of the Sea”, new training concept, enabling the exchange of young scientists of European countries to embark on similar investigation vessels is different countries/seas.
In order to succeed, the raw materials used for its building will as much as possible be natural, recyclable and innovating, light and sustainable and innovating solutions will be applied to reduce the carbon foot print and the energy efficiency of the ships.
This unprecedented challenge will also cover the requirements for navigability in all oceans. The sailing vessel must be capable to withstand tempests, the low temperatures of the Polar Regions, the pressure of the ice, and to navigate in difficult areas, showing good manoeuvrability in all circumstances.
Other challenges consist in creating optimised habitability and climate control conditions, to enable the ship’s crew and the passengers to live and work on board. The autonomous production of energy, an engine as silent as possible, robotic solutions, the preservation of scientific samples, but also of fresh food, for long periods of time are just a few examples of these challenges.
Last but not least, the project will this way achieve its other objectives, which are:
To boost the technical development in the entire shipbuilding industry and create new business opportunities for the enterprises involved, through the technological and scientific innovation in their numerous business areas.
During the Marborealis Expedition, maiden voyage of the sailing vessel, the enterprises partners of the project, will disseminate and give visibility to their products and innovations, in this platform of excellency that will bring them all around the world.
You want to know more about it? www.davidmelgueiro.org
BUDGET AND DUE DATES