Expedition cruise specialist One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) and global conservation organization Ocean Wise have announced the creation and installation of a custom-built OOE scientific container lab.
The One Ocean Expeditions One Lab is a specialized laboratory to be installed on each of OOE’s ships, with the inaugural container unveiled at the recommissioning event of RCGS Resolute in Sydney, Nova Scotia and placed onboard.
The custom-tailored lab is the latest initiative for OOE, which is committed to operating and supporting ongoing, nationally accredited science and outreach programs. OOE operates voyages to the most remote and pristine areas in the world, from the High Arctic to Antarctica, and Central America to the Northern Atlantic Islands. Guests have the opportunity to travel alongside scientists and be educated on progressive research initiatives – an important part of the One Ocean Expeditions experience and the company’s commitment to ocean health.
“Traditionally, we gather samples in the field and take them back to the lab for analysis later,” explains Dr. Peter Ross, vice-president of research at Ocean Wise. “Having the lab on board the ship will allow us to collect high-quality samples in remote environments, analyze samples at sea and produce data in real time.”
The 20-foot container is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, providing an inclusive space for scientists to conduct their work in the isolated coastal areas explored. Analysis of data captured will provide information and allow the researchers to develop measures to protect fragile ecosystems and natural habitats worldwide. While onboard, researchers also engage with expedition guests, explaining the purpose of their studies and creating ambassadors for the sensitive and remote regions which the vessels journey to.