Press conference Mission Sphyrna Odyssey 2019-2020
The Sphyrna Odyssey Mission, initiated by Sea Proven, Marine & Océans Magazine and the Laboratoire d’informatique et systèmes(LIS) of the University of Toulon, was completed in March 2020 in Monaco.
Launched in September 2019 with the main support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Société des Explorations de Monaco and ACCOBAMS, it mobilised scientists, engineers, logisticians and communicators, for the first oceanographic mission ever conducted in France from autonomous vessels. The two NLAs (autonomous laboratory vessels©) designed and developed by Sea Proven, to date the largest of their kind in the world, were equipped with numerous sensors as well as highly sensitive hydrophones capable of recording cetacean sounds at depths of up to 2,000 metres. Powered by an electric motor powered by solar, wind and hydrocarbon energy, with a carrying capacity of more than one tonne of equipment, the Sphyrna 55 (17 metres) and Sphyrna 70 (21 metres) validated their adaptability to these complex underwater bioacoustic missions, and their resistance to the difficult winter conditions encountered in the western Mediterranean.
The Monaco Ocean Week will be the occasion for Professor Hervé Glotin, acoustician, professor at the University of Toulon and the Institut Universitaire de France, scientific director of the Sphyrna Odyssey Mission, to present the conclusions of the Mission’s scientific report alongside his partners and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
| Partner organisations | Sea Proven, Marine & Océans Magazine, Laboratoire d’informatique et systèmes(LIS) of the University of Toulon, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Société des Explorations de Monaco, ACCOBAMS