Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
I’m backing Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s plans to build the world’s first long-range autonomous research vessel, announced today.
This trailblazing and fully uncrewed ‘Oceanus’ has been designed to collect data for research into critical areas such as climate change, biodiversity, fisheries and biogeochemistry. It’s a fantastic example of Plymouth’s ambition for all things marine.
The Oceanus represents a vision of how long-range marine research can be developed and carried out in a more environmentally-friendly way. The engine will be fuel-efficient, solar panels on the deck, on-board micro-energy generation devices. With the weight of people and living facilities removed, this will reduce fuel consumptions compared to traditional manned research vessels.
To read more about Oceanus click the link below…
Plymouth Marine Laboratory reveals plans for the world’s first long-range autonomous research vessel | Plymouth Marine Laboratory (pml.ac.uk)