National Geographic’s largest environmental preservation initiative is on its way to remote Ascension Island in the South Atlantic with help from GAC Brazil.
The expedition, part of the Pristine Seas project, is a partnership with the Ascension Island Conservation Department, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
The expedition vessel is National Geographic’s RSS James Clark Ross, which arrived at Recife port in Brazil from Montevideo in Uruguay. In port, GAC’s team took care of a crew change and arranged the embarkation of the scientists joining the expedition. They also handled the delivery and loading of research equipment including remote-sensing gear.
Operations at the port were coordinated by Elberland Silva, GAC’s Ship Operator at Recife, who says:
“It is exciting to play even a small part in the important work of the National Geographic Society and the British Antarctic Survey. This was a great opportunity to start a long-term relationship with them both.”
Tim Page, Master for the RSS James Clark Ross says GAC’s team at Recife took good care of his vessel and worked hard to arrange to release charter equipment held by customs.
BBC Television and Natgeo presenter Paul Rose was among those who joined the ship at Recife. He adds: “Many thanks to GAC for the excellent handling. It feels great to be aboard!”
The RSS James Clark Ross has now begun its 1,200 nautical mile passage to the island where the team will prepare for deep ocean work hopefully to make new discoveries of the seafloor surrounding Ascension.