Iconic cultural expedition cruise pioneer joins forces with main ocean foundations to help EU Mission to revive marine biodiversity and scale back emissions at sea. Initiative warmly recommended by Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón.
GIJON, SPAIN – Swan Hellenic’s environmentally superior expedition cruise ship SH Vega hosted the signing ceremony of an settlement by which Swan Hellenic, the Philippe Cousteau Basis and SDG4MED interact to contribute collectively to the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”. Underneath the settlement, Swan Hellenic commits to offer its fleet to be used as “ships of alternative”, enabling the foundations’ scientists to gauge the well being of our Blue Planet in its most distant and pristine areas, together with Arctic, Antarctica and Africa coasts, the place the Swan Hellenic fleet is, in fact, current for a number of months yearly.
In late 2021, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU mandated the Fee to speed up Ocean and Water well being conservation and restoration worldwide. The ensuing EU Mission is a coordinated effort to pool the required monetary, scientific and operational sources.
The three organisations have been among the many first on the planet to endorse the Mission Constitution, which goals to create a sustainable, carbon-neutral, round blue financial system that performs a key position in reaching local weather neutrality, for the reason that oceans are main carbon sinks, shield biodiversity and foster financial prosperity, being anticipated to generate €2.5 trillion per 12 months by 2030. The Mission 2030 targets embody a 30% discount in marine microplastics and the deployment of EU carbon impartial, round blue financial system communities.
In a message of congratulations to mark the signing, Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Institutional President of the Philippe Cousteau Basis, remarked: “It provides me nice pleasure to see our Basis and nation concerned on this landmark settlement. It’s not solely an vital early milestone within the EU Mission to assist restore the stability between human exercise and the well being of our planet. It is usually an vital dedication to the values of peace, as recognised by the involvement of the World Peace Discussion board, together with straight within the particular person of its President, José Félix Bentz Oliver. As such it’s a supply each of inspiration and of hope.”
Rafael Lobeto Lobo, Secretary Common of the Philippe Cousteau Basis and former Director Common of the Spanish Service provider Navy, commented: “Life on Earth is determined by the well being of the linked system of the oceans, seas and inland waters, which cowl round 75% of the Earth’s floor. It regulates our local weather and gives oxygen, ingesting water, clear power and meals. But man-made adjustments are placing our ocean and waters at severe danger, with air pollution and international heating inflicting biodiversity loss and excessive climate occasions corresponding to floods, droughts and heatwaves.”
Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito famous: “These ambitions are embedded in our DNA. All of Swan Hellenic’s ships are outfitted with cutting-edge inexperienced applied sciences, together with the most recent era tier III diesel engines with urea injection, dynamic positioning methods to keep away from anchoring in delicate seabed places, and superior wastewater remedy crops. We’ve got additionally more and more eradicated “single use plastics” on board as supported by provide chain availability in distant areas.”
All three organisations the truth is have already got their very own particular person Mission Constitution commitments, with the Philippe Cousteau Basis selling ocean literacy in faculties and amongst fishermen and seafarers, SDG4MED making the “LIFE4MEDECA Data Middle” out there to municipalities to pursue a shared motion plan, and Swan Hellenic constantly investing within the newest inexperienced applied sciences and operations.
Their new partnership is critical in recognising that particular person initiatives, although commendable, are usually not enough, as SDG4MED President Mario Dogliani defined: “Performing collectively will vastly amplify what we’re in a position to obtain by means of our efforts. This partnership gives us a significant device – Swan Hellenic’s ships and their locations – to gather knowledge on ocean well being with beforehand inconceivable attain and granularity. Knowledge collected in not often accessed ocean areas will enhance the accuracy of scientists’ assessments of ocean well being and its evolution. Furthermore, the direct involvement of Swan Hellenic crew and company paves the best way for a brand new period of sustainable, ecologically conscious cruising.”
“Oceans are like people,” noticed Zito. “A full image of well being parameters permits efficient medical remedy. Utilizing industrial ships as sensors of Ocean Well being is simply widespread sense and I’m happy that Swan Hellenic is ready to assist make this a actuality and greatest apply. Our new dedication with this partnership is in some ways a pure extension of our present apply of inviting cruise company to actively contribute to a sequence of main “Citizen Science” programmes, offering knowledge on the setting and marine life, whereas constructing their consciousness and information of scientific initiatives”.
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