Statsraad Lehmkuhl ecological sailboat from Norway arrives in Havana

Velero ecológico Statsraad Lehmkuhl de Noruega llegará a La Habana

HAVANA, Nov 24 ( PL) The ecological sailing ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl from Norway arrived today for the first time in Cuba,as part of the One Ocean expedition that investigates the oceans, the effects of climate change and how to protect them.

Representatives of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma) and the embassy of the European country in Havana received the crew and participants in this research project, which plans to travel 55 thousand nautical miles and visit 36 ​​cities around the world during 22 months.

Haakon Vatle, CEO of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation, declared that it is a great honour to visit the Caribbean country on that trip that instructs students from Canada, the United States, Spain, Jamaica and Norway on navigation techniques, in addition to being considered ambassadors of the oceans.

Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu, a scientist in charge of the project, explained that they use research and sampling techniques in which they involve local scientists on issues related to the increase of hurricanes in the region, the sea level and the thermal expansion of these bodies of water. salty.

He warned that these changes are caused by high temperatures and the melting of glaciers, hence the importance of this initiative to seek alternatives that protect the oceans.

One Ocean also recreates the expedition of British scientists aboard the British corvette HMS Challenger between December 1872 and May 1876, considered the pioneers of modern oceanography because they measured the temperature of the water at the surface and at depth using a straw rope. added.

The latter, by stretching with the weight, could vary the measurements of that moment and currently attempts are being made to calibrate the results to compare them with a similar instrument at a depth of almost a thousand meters.

On the other hand, Captain Hens Igachim Hiort, reported on the technical modifications in the 107-year-old boat built to take on this expedition for the first time, as well as the necessary preparation to plan the routes between each country in the time foreseen taking into account the wind, sea currents, among others.

Considered a recognized part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development, the project also studies the biodiversity, fishing, pollution and acidification of the oceans.

The sailboat left Arendal, Norway, on August 20, and arrived in Havana from Jamaica. She will continue on November 28 to Nassau, Bahamas.