MAYFLOWER TRIMARAN - 1. The solar-powered research boat will aim to traverse the Atlantic Ocean in 2021 with no humans on board. 2. Sea trials are due to commence off the south coast of England in late 2020. 3. The Mayflower was officially unveiled on September 16th 2020, the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower departure.
The Mayflower project is only possible because of the team that makes it happen.
Brett Phaneuf is based in Plymouth, UK. He is the Co-Director of the project responsible for overseeing the design, production and testing of the ship.
IRISH TIMES QUOTES NOVEMBER 12 2020:
is quoted as saying: "The idea is not to replace David Attenborough nor the research vessel named after him, but to allow such human and research resources to be more usefully and efficiently directed."
Indeed, many skippers involved in the Volvo Ocean Race are now carrying ocean monitoring instruments routinely, as are ferries that have the aptly named Ferryboxes attached to their bows - in order to reduce the costs of data collection, by piggy backing existing ocean transports. The concept is thus sound. But then, one might argue that the existing ships might benefit from navigational autonomous assistance, in the form of an enhanced autopilot. Next, taking the concept further, solar power, for true energy autonomy of the ferries. The ocean racers already being zero carbon.
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Phaneuf also meets head on the issues of autonomy potentially reducing employment on the high seas.
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