The boat—which was designed by British marine architect Simon Rogers as a functional, low maintenance workboat—was coated with products supplied by Akzo Nobel, and representatives from International joined environmentalist Brosnan and his wife, Keely, at St Katharine Docks in London, UK, for the launch of the craft, called Song of the Whale.
Designed to provide scientific data used to develop policy options for the conservation of animals and the marine environment, International supplied all the coatings for the new 21 meter flagship vessel, from substrate primers to polyurethane finishes and antifoulings.
Regarded as the most effective non-invasive cetacean research vessel in the world, Song of the Whale will also be a world ambassador, educating children and adults about oceans and marine life, as well as the threats they face.
Run by a permanent team of nine, the boat’s research equipment includes underwater microphones, with specially designed outriggers stored on the rear deck. A communications/computer room, workshop and wet lab are housed below, while the crow’s nest provides look-out points for photo identification, video tracking and observing whale behavior.
The boat’s maiden voyage was to Iceland to showcase non-invasive research as an alternative to so-called “scientific whaling,” which Iceland resumed last summer.
(Released: July 12, 2004)