After crossing the Atlantic and exploring the region around Antigua, S.V. TravelEdge is preparing to set sail from Antigua to Aruba, via Bonaire.
The voyage will sail through the Caribbean Sea led by eXXpedition’s mission leader – Sally Earthrowl.
We are very excited to have our gold sponsors at the Red Ensign Group onboard with eXXpediton as our voyage leg sponsor for Leg 4.
The Red Ensign Group is made up of the thirteen British Shipping Registers, the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies – Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey – and Overseas Territories – Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Saint Helena & Turks & Caicos.
As advocates for global collaboration across the maritime community, the Red Ensign Group are committed to supporting diversity, crew welfare and well-being, as well as innovation and sustainability in the industry.
Chief executive of the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority, Francis Richardson said:
‘The Red Ensign Group is sponsoring eXXpedition in recognition of its promotion of women in maritime, its work exploring the impact on the environment of plastic and its innovative approach to providing solutions to the challenge of sustainability. The REG is about strength through collaboration and this is a prime example of how international technical cooperation between maritime states can underline projects like this one”
We hope that by sharing our story with the world and giving so many of our guest crew members an opportunity to sail for the first time, we will empower more women to join and grow within the maritime industry. We’re proud that many of the leaders and senior staff at the Red Ensign Group are women and they are dedicated towards equality in the sector.
Here our co-founder Emily Penn speaks about eXXpedition’s collaboration with Red Ensign Group:
On 30th November we begin exploring the area around Antigua to Aruba in the Caribbean. Our findings will be used to provide evidence to support long-term solutions for dealing with plastic.
While at sea throughout our journey, we have been working on minimising our footprint with the help from our Official Suppliers at Gecko Energy, Transporter Energy and SilentWind, who have equipped our vessel with solar panels, wind generators and batteries. The Red Ensign Group are commitment to supporting innovation towards cleaner ships and seas, decarbonisation and alternative power, and will be sharing the findings from our energy use with the wider industry to help promote clean energy as the norm.
Joel Walton, chief executive of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands said:
“As the Red Ensign Group, we know that regulation needs to support innovation not stifle it. We are delighted to support eXXpedition in their very important work and look forward to hearing about their findings and also what solutions they might offer.”
eXXpedition is also an opportunity for the team to look at the effects of long voyages on crew welfare and well-being – another issue that the REG is providing a leading voice on, looking at encouraging more socialisation for crews through shared recreation time, how accommodation is placed.
During our two year mission with voyage legs spanning from four days to an entire month out at sea, our programme and itinerary with our crew’s well-being and safety first, giving them the support they need on land along the way. Along our voyage leg we will share some interviews with the crew onboard about their firsthand experience living out at sea.
To discover more about the Red Ensign Group visit the website www.redensigngroup.org.
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