Voice of the Oceans

THE EXPEDITION

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

The main initiative of our movement is to organize a great expedition across the seas, led by the Schurmann Family. With the support of the UN Environment Program, UNEP, our sailors will record everything they see across the oceans, including some remote parts of the planet.

 

Plastic pollution will be fully documented. With the data collected, we will also identify possible solutions to marine pollution. We want to mobilize authorities, raise awareness in the private sector and educate society to preserve the oceans, inspire innovation and clean plastic from the seas.

 

The expedition is also a platform to be offered to scientists, researchers and NGOs. They are our guests to board with the Schurmann Family and carry out on-site research across seas and islands.

 

We want to raise awareness and encourage as many people as possible to change their consumption habits and their relationship with single-use plastic. With Voice of the Oceans, we are working to promote transformation on several fronts.

WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

THE CREW


Vilfredo Schurmann
Captain

Heloisa Schurmann
Researcher

Wilhelm Schurmann
Skipper

Erika Ternex
Chef

Carmina Reñones
Camera assistant

Alan Schvarsberg
Director of photography

Jeferson França
Digital content creator

THE KAT

One of our true stars of the expedition is the Kat Sailboat. It was built in 2013 and named after Kat Schurmann.

 

These 80 feet length – 24.3mt, and 6.37mt width vessel was built in Brazil. The Kat has six cabins, two saloons, a galley and three bathrooms. Among its greatest differentials, though, lays on its technology innovations, in addition to its sustainable solutions.

 

The Kat uses a hydraulic retractable keel that allows the vessel to maintain 2.2 or 5.2 meters of depth. This allows the sailboat to have mobility even at low tide, in addition to having access to channels and other areas with a lower draft.

 

It also counts with three different energy sources: wind, water and solar clean energy, that generate from 75% to 100% of its own consume. In addition, it has lithium batteries, low-consumption generators and a sewage treatment system with ultraviolet light in the final phase that returns virtually clean water to the see.

 

All the sailboat’s production of garbage is properly treated. The organic waste is sent to a composter and there is a compactor for the recyclable materials that reduces waste volume by 80%.

THE ROUTE

Navigation passes through the entire Brazilian coast, from Balneário Camboriú to Fernando de Noronha. It goes through the Caribbean islands, the Atlantic coast of the United States and the Bermuda archipelago. Then, it goes back to the Caribbean islands, crosses the Panama Canal, it goes to the Galapagos, following to  the South Pacific Ocean to Polynesia and finally arrives in New Zealand.