Yachts for Science Launch

BOAT International Media and partners today announce the digital launch of the innovative ‘Yachts for Science’ project, following a successful pilot mission which explored the black corals in the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia in January 2020. Coinciding with World Oceans Day, Yachts for Science, which is backed by BOAT International Media, Nekton, the Arksen Foundation and the Ocean Family Foundation, debuts a digital platform to help marine scientists reach new depths of the ocean, connecting scientists with yachts to conduct research and conservation projects.

Despite centuries of venturing to sea, the human race has only discovered an estimated 9% of the species living within the ocean and mapped a fraction of the ocean floor. The lack of access to the sea is a fundamental problem for marine scientists and conservation experts when understanding the ocean ecosystem.

To advance global knowledge of the state of the ocean, Yachts for Science will unveil a new dedicated website in June 2020 to match yachts with marine research projects to enable critical research and conservation work to progress. The aim is to continue producing findings that will inform decision and policy makers across the world while expanding the knowledge of the ocean.

Sacha Bonsor, Editorial Director at Boat International Media said: “The oceans are critical to the health of the planet and yachts are uniquely placed to help save them by offering access to often inaccessible areas. The ‘Yachts for Science’ initiative will be a leader in pioneering the exploration and understanding of the oceans.”

The first successful Yachts for Science pairing took place in January 2020 to study the black corals in the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia for two weeks onboard luxury charter yacht Dunia Baru. It was led by Dr Erika Gress and her team of four marine biologists from the University of Papua (UNIPA), Manokwari and the NGO Bionesia. The aim was to gain insights into the abundance and diversity of black corals and their role as fundamental habitat providers in Raja Ampat reefs. This study will ultimately provide information on the black coral ecology and the reefs they thrive in.

The main exploration took place in an area known as the Coral Triangle, which is renowned for the density of its marine organisms and boasts the largest diversity of corals on the planet. The topography is stunning both above and below water, changing dramatically from east to west with the north-west dominated by low lying sand atolls and the south-east by cast rock structures with large vertical walls. An abundance of colonies seem to favour the south-eastern region, where reefs were in generally in better condition than on the west side of Misool, outside the protected area. It also appears to support a high diversity of black corals, possibly including undescribed species. “We were only able to do one night dive,” recalls scientist Erika Gress, “but it was one of the best of the whole trip. Many of the marine organisms and invertebrates like shrimps and crabs that use black coral as habitat are more active at night and it was easier see them.”

Future planned expeditions include a study of deep scattering layers led by Professor Andrew Brierley of the University of St Andrews. “Deep scattering layers are almost like an outer space environment,” says Professor Andrew Brierley. “Extraordinary animals hang there in the twilight or total darkness. Lanternfish, for example, with their flashing photophores, wonderful crustaceans and giant shrimp. It will give us a completely new window into an aspect of the world’s ocean that we don’t yet have.”

There is a range of new scientific projects looking for yacht partnerships, including the search for giant manta rays or coral reef ecology post-hurricanes in the Caribbean. You can view some of the live briefs below:

 More detail on the program can be viewed here.

A full selection of the projects can be viewed here.

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Have you heard about Waterhaul?

As part of the development of the Arksen Foundation projects portfolio, the team have today announced the partnership with Waterhaul, a UK based enterprise which intercepts plastic from our oceans and transforms them into high-quality, functional products. 

The Waterhaul project sits closely with the Arksen Foundation‘s goals in its mission to clear fishing debris from our oceans which are harmful to marine life. Considering that 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are discarded in the ocean every year, it is not a small task.  

Waterhaul is taking a collaborative approach and working with fishermen, NGOs and community groups to work together to remove the nets from the seas and beaches, either through prevention of them being released in the first place or by the activation of recovery projects. 

It is on this latter aspect that Arksen has joined forces to provide an additional resource to access remote beaches through a project launching in spring this year. To work with local schools and academies to run workshops educating the pupils on the types of plastics recovered in their area to increase engagement with the issue. 

More details about this project will be announced in the coming months.   

Arksen gets more adventurous

18 January 2020 – boot Düsseldorf, Germany: Arksen took centre stage at boot Düsseldorf Boat Show today as the eco-focused innovation and technology company presented a series of new initiatives, each providing greater access to its range of exceptional explorer vessels. These new revolutionary approaches will help drive Arksen’s aim to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable marine future by uniting like-minded adventurers and families, enabling them to go off-grid and explore the world’s oceans whilst participating in conservation projects and marine research. 

New pioneering developments

In addition to the newly launched Arksen Adventure Syndicate an innovative new ownership model offering access to a multi-year cruising program at a significantly lower cost, the company is delighted to unveil details of the brand-new Arksen Explorers Rally powered by PELORUS.

A concept born from two companies’ commitment to ocean conservation, exploration and a desire to expand the horizons of luxury travel. Designed to enable friends and families to explore the world’s wilder lands and oceans, the initial Viking Saga and Middle Seas Rally will take place in 2021. To deliver this series of events, the Arksen and PELORUS team has created an incredible itinerary of life-enhancing experiences and built an inimitable network of adventure professionals.

The Arksen Foundation, a non-profit company that actively contributes to research programs to support the identification of new species as well as the preservation of existing ones, has announced its new lead campaign, 10% for the Ocean. Inspired by its passion for preserving the ocean’s ecosystem, developed from discussions with leading scientists and philanthropists, this campaign is designed to move the needle for ocean conservation funding and set new standards in targeted generosity.

This campaign is a pledge taken by individuals, families and companies to address a global and systemic problem; that less than 1% of all charitable funding goes to supporting ocean-related causes today. Arksen’s aim is to create a scale funding network for ocean science and related causes – to increase the oceans share of funding from 1% to 10%.

All-new Adventure Vessels

Iconic marine brand, Ring Powercraft, has been appointed as the official partner to work alongside Arksen to produce an exceptional range of power vessels, built to accommodate a wide-range of uses; pleasure, adventure, diving, tourism, charter, expeditions and research. The Arksen Adventure vessels are based on Ring Powercraft’s outstanding reputation for producing ground-breaking, high-performance hulls, with exceptional manoeuvrability and rough water handling, which are already utilised in commercial and military markets. In-line with Arksen’s ethos, sustainable approaches and methodologies will be applied to the design and production of these vessels.

The Arksen Adventure vessels will be offered with a range of power and propulsion options to suit different users including outboards, stern drive and water jet propulsion systems, with petrol, diesel and hybrid power plants.

Ring CEO, David Jackson, commented on the partnership:

“We are proud to be working with the Arksen team on this exciting new project to create a range of explorer craft. 

“Arksen’s innovative approach, a perfect fit with our strategy on development projects, will deliver a unique British offering in short and medium range adventure boating. Ring’s proven hull designs, which have evolved throughout the brand’s 51-year history, enhance the concept with fuel efficient, soft riding and exceptional rough water handling capabilities. Our experience in the Commercial and Defence sectors will add durability, range and ‘no-fail mission’ features.

“One of the key drivers for us, as we develop our eco-strategy, has been Arksen’s approach to sustainability. This platform will provide the opportunity to research and develop the practical application of eco-friendly bio, sustainable and recyclable materials for marine use, which can then be rolled out to our production processes.

“As we start the year, we look forward to adding ‘Adventure’ to our current Leisure, Commercial and Defence ranges.”

Arksen COO, Ewan Hind, reflected on the company’s recent announcements:

“A year on from company launch and we’re delighted to return to boot Düsseldorf to unveil our line-up of new project developments.

“Arksen has gone from strength to strength, with our technical teams working tirelessly to develop new and existing relationships with partners and suppliers, looking at the full life cycle of each element of the build but ensuring that above all the vessels meet and exceed safety standards so that our clients can explore in exceptionally high levels of comfort.

“In addition to having the first Arksen 85 ready for build early this year, the designers have been finalising the Arksen 70, a model which has proven to be very popular and makes up a large part of the enquiries we receive. The 70 will also be ready to commence build in 2020 alongside the Arksen 85.”

To find out more about Arksen and its range of 70-140+ ft explorer vessels, visit arksen.com. Keep up to date with the latest happenings by following Arksen on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Arksen Explorers’ Rally powered by PELORUS

A rally like no other, born from two companies’ commitment to ocean conservation, exploration and a desire to expand the horizons of adventure yacht travel.

The Arksen Explorers’ Rally Powered by PELORUS is a new yacht rally that sees groups of like minded yacht owners and charterers cruising the Arctic, Mediterranean and Pacific Ocean, in the name of grass roots conservation. Kicking off in 2021 with the Viking and Middle Seas rally, followed by the South Seas expedition in 2022, the Arksen rally differs to any other by focusing on conservation and far flung exploration for groups of friends and families. Identifying a gap in the market, Arksen and PELORUS have come together to create the most adventurous and environmentally aware yacht rally in the world.

“Encouraging and supporting people to embark on journeys that have the capacity to change lives and that engage our community to actively support philanthropy and ocean conservation is at the heart of the ethos behind Arksen. We are proud to launch the Arksen Explorers’ Rally, a series of global events that we think will redefine marine adventure travel – offering deeper, more fulfilling experiences than those currently on offer.

At Arksen we thrive on partnerships and so I am delighted to announce PELORUS as a key partner. They have a unique blend of skills in the industry and when blended with our own, create a powerful new voice in the industry.  Pelorus will focus on helping develop the Explorers’ Rally with us, whilst Arksen will continue to develop its range of science programs. We very much look forward to working with them.” – Jasper Smith, Arksen Founder

A rally that gives its participants more and that gives more back. An opportunity to explore, knowing you have specialists backing you every step of the way. A chance to see a familiar area in a new light or to discover new destinations accompanied by a fleet of other yachts offering a built in support network.

The competition element of the rally will focus on the Arksen and PELORUS ethos of grass roots conservation and research. By joining the challenge, you will commit to take part in curated scientific, philanthropic and ocean conservation efforts. Each project that is assisted in or contributed to will accrue ‘Challenge Points’ with the vessel that accrues the most over the course of the rally gaining an award.

With PELORUS and Arksen designing the route and the itineraries, participants can be assured that this will be an incredible journey, full of life-enhancing experiences. The vessels will benefit from our inimitable network of adventure professionals and will be supported every step of the way.  

Both privately owned and charter yachts can take part in the Arksen Explorers’ Rally Powered by PELORUS and we will endeavour to assist in marketing charter availability during the rally. Yachts will be divided into categories based on a number of factors, including length and cruising capabilities, and the rally itineraries will be tailored to suit each category.

“We are hugely excited to collaborate with Arksen for the world’s first Explorer Rally. The yachting world is changing and there is a shift in mindset by owners and charterers that is seeing them wanting to explore further afield, the industry is becoming more environmentally aware and the trend for designing and building more eco-conscious expedition style vessels is on the rise. The Arksen Explorers Rally reflects all of this and will be something not seen before in the yachting sphere.” – Jimmy Carroll, PELORUS Co-Founder

Starting from 35,000 GBP per yacht, the entry cost for each rally will be based on a sliding scale depending on the size of the vessel. There will be an additional compulsory payment covering carbon offsetting the entire rally for each yacht through PELORUS partners The World Land Trust. The cost for this will be precisely calculated for each individual vessel. In addition, participants will be provided with an activity menu, varying from high-octane to family friendly. They will have the option to choose what to take part in based on their own budget and guest interests. Each rally will run with a minimum of 4 yachts and the maximum number will depend on the size of the vessels that have signed up.

New pioneering project developments

With just days to go until the world’s largest boat and water sports fair opens its doors to the public, Arksen is inviting visitors to its official press conference at boot Düsseldorf 2020. A series of project announcements will be made on Saturday 18 January at 10:00CET (local time) at the Arksen stand, in the new location of Hall 7a B24.

A year on from the company’s first introduction to the marine industry at the same show, Arksen is set to present a compilation of exciting new project developments, part of the brand’s three fundamental areas; The Arksen SeriesArksen Foundation and the Arksen Explorers’ Club

A unique, pioneering experiential ownership model, the Arksen Adventure Syndicate will provide a platform to increase access to Arksen’s range of exceptional explorer vessels, encouraging more people to explore the world’s oceans and in turn, create a profound positive impact. This membership will afford families the opportunity to enjoy a shared ownership, alongside other like-minded adventurers, giving them earlier access to life-enhancing experiences, whilst working with Arksen to help change the world through its marine research initiatives.

Visitors attending the show will have the opportunity to sign up to the syndicate at the Arksen stand throughout the week.

Partnering with leading travel and yacht expedition specialists, PELORUS, Arksen will launch a brand-new initiative enabling people to embark on once in a lifetime voyages. The Arksen Explorers Rally powered by PELORUS will provide a number of adventures with the first event scheduled for 2021.

Through the Arksen Explorers Rally, like-minded people will come together to not only challenge themselves but to discover new places by getting off the beaten track, experiencing some of the wilder places the world has to offer. Participants with capable vessels will be provided with all the necessary support and infrastructure to conquer this series of life-enriching expeditions, along with fully-mapped itineraries.

During the Press Conference, record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete and newly appointed Arksen Foundation Executive Director, Olly Hicks, will introduce the Foundation’s latest campaign, 10% for the Ocean. This pledge, to be taken by the Arksen community, individuals, families and companies, is designed to address a global and systemic problem; that only 1% of all charitable funding goes to supporting ocean-related causes.

“The Arksen project has progressed well since its launch in January 2019 and has been going from strength to strength. The Arksen Foundation and Explorers’ Club have been setting down deep roots and we’re delighted to be returning to boot Düsseldorf to introduce the new developments to the project,” explained Chief Operating Officer, Ewan Hind.

The Arksen team will be on-hand throughout the week, welcoming guests to learn more about the development of the company’s 20-30m range of eco-conscious, hybrid explorer vessels, as well as the latest company updates. To book an appointment with the Arksen team, contact tellmemore@arksen.com.

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Arksen – One to Watch

Arksen is ‘One to Watch’ as one of the most innovative and impactful companies of 2019

Arksen is a leading example of an innovative British business that is empowering investors to address a major global challenge whilst seeking competitive returns. In developing a series of semi-autonomous ocean-going vessels that are capable of reaching some of the ocean’s most extreme and challenging environments, Arksen’s mission is to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal No.14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Just 10 months after launching the company, Arksen has already been recognised for its impact, influence and investor potential by being named ‘One to Watch’ for the ‘UK’s Most Impactful Investment’ at the 2019 Intelligent Partnership Growth Investor Awards.

The success of Arksen to date can be largely attributed to its major funding partner Vala Capital, itself recognised as an ‘Industry Rising Star’ at the Awards and finalist for ‘Industry Game Changer’. Vala is an investment firm led by entrepreneurs that take a long-term view, fully integrating sustainability research and insights into a rigorous framework of traditional financial analysis while aligning incentives with the interests of investors. Indeed, Vala believes that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is key to long-term business growth and that strong sustainability is linked to strong investor returns.

Vala understood that the opportunity to back such a progressive company in Arksen would move the ocean agenda forward and would encourage change throughout the industry whilst creating the opportunity for attractive and sustainable capital returns. Certainly, with an order book for the vessels gathering momentum, this strategy appears to be welcomed by those in the private sector who wish to invest as a tool for change.

Whilst the Arksen vessels are multi-purpose to allow for both leisure and commercial activities to be pursued, the company employs an innovative ownership programme that mandates owners to donate a proportion of time at sea to scientific research. The Arksen Foundation is a non-profit company that actively contributes to research programs to support the identification of new species as well as the preservation of existing ones.  Alongside this sits the Arksen Explorers’ Club, which curates off grid expeditions for the Arksen fleet and its owners.

Speaking of becoming the ‘One to Watch’, Arksen Founder Jasper Smith said:  
“The marine industry is at a turning point. Traditionally, investors have avoided the sector because it has had limited scale. But with the mobility revolution fully underway, unprecedented demand for access to the oceans and a thriving market for new vessels and new technologies, this environment enables us to create recurring revenue.

“It’s great to be recognised for our vision to ‘do good’ as well as to target attractive financial returns. Sustainability and technology are at the core of the Arksen mission and by reinventing the modern explorer vessel, we are empowering a new generation of sailor, explorer, adventurer and scientist to develop a more profound understanding of our oceans. We expect to operate the world’s largest private fleet of research vessels within a few years.

“This recognition highlights that sustainable business can, and should be, aligned with investor prospects and growth.  As we bring our other products on line we hope to offer everyone who is passionate about the ocean the very best tools to access it and in a manner that is consistent with our transition to a low carbon society.”

James Faulkner of Vala Capital said “we are proud to have been recognised for our investment strategy which includes placing a strong emphasis on ESG and sustainable development. Arksen is at the forefront of a revolution in the marine sector and we believe that the company will become a major brand within it over the next few years”. 

The Growth Investor Awards enlisted a two-stage judging process ensuring credibility to the esteemed honours. Stage one saw finalists selected under the guidance of an impressive Advisory Board before category winners are chosen by a panel of independent judges. 

“The Growth Investor Awards have rightly become a landmark event in the calendars of the UK’s SME investment community. For one evening each year we celebrate the inspiring individuals and leading organisations whose talents and commitment helps UK entrepreneurs to power Britain’s economic growth”, said Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership.

He continued, “To be awarded the ‘One to Watch’ in such a competitive field of entrants is a huge achievement.”

The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

For more information about the awards, visit growthinvestorawards.com.

The Arksen team will be at the boot Düsseldorf Boat Show, stand 7aB24 this January. To arrange a meeting, contact tellmemore@arksen.com.