On-board Diary: Crossing from Sagunto (Valencia) to Almerimar (Almeria)

Author: Silvia García
Date: June 14, 2010

After two months of preparations, the Oceana Ranger, a 21.5-metre catamaran, is ready to begin the campaign. This year, we’ll concentrate on some of the most important seamounts in the Mediterranean, marine biodiversity "hotspots" in this sea that, up to now, have barely been studied.

We set sail from the port of Sagunto with a day and a half of sailing until we reach Almerimar, in Almeria, where we’ll submerge the ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle), an underwater robot controlled from the ship that will help us document Mediterranean marine life at depths up to 800m.