After two weeks of a scientific expedition to study the impact of chemical contaminants on water bodies and human health, the zero-emission maxi-catamaran AMAALA Explorer is back in Monaco.
Launched by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Amaala Explorer has collected water samples from various points within a 1,500 nautical mile triangle in the western Mediterranean. The samples were delivered to the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer) by AMAALA crew and CEO Nicholas Naples and sustainability officer Brendan Jack at the last port of call in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France.
Ifremer scientists, who advised on the scientific aspects of the company, will now quantify and analyze the concentration of metals and elements such as cadmium, lead, nickel, and mercury, which can alter the composition of the sea and influence the marine food chain.
AMAALA, towards eco-sustainable luxury tourism
The expedition and the results of his study will inform the conservation efforts of AMAALA, the ultra-luxury destination located along the northwest coast of Saudi Arabia. The Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea are neighboring seas and are part of a global oceanic system where changes in one create echoes in the other. With its vibrant coral gardens and rich underwater life, the Red Sea coast at AMAALA has a thriving ecosystem that the destination aims to preserve and cultivate. To this end, it has collaborated with global sea conservation entities including the Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco, the Centre Scientifique de Monaco and the Oceanographic Institute.
Commenting on the expedition, AMAALA’s CEO, Nicholas Naples, said: “We are proud to sponsor the OceanScientific Expedition, which aligns perfectly with our goal of creating a world-leading luxury destination in sustainable tourism. Being part of expeditions and studies such as this one provides us with the scientific knowledge necessary to preserve and protect our local ecosystem, particularly the Red Sea coral reef.”
Yvan Griboval, circumnavigator and member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, who led the expedition, commented: “While almost everyone has realized that plastic pollution is a frightening scourge on the ocean, we want to prove that the chemical contaminants – metal and organic – that pollute the sea and poison phytoplankton and plankton at the beginning of the food chain, at the end of the cycle they also end up in our dishes.”
A short documentary on the expedition will be distributed in 2021, as well as the scientific results. These will be officially published at the end of 2023.
(AMAALA Explorer returns to Monaco with data on Mediterranean health – Barchemagazine.com – November 2020)