IMarEST assists maritime sector as global treaty enters into force to halt invasive species

Friday, 08 September 2017


The perfect ten for Turn the Tide on Plastic

Dee Caffari adds Irish Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy and New Zealand’s Bianca Cook to take her squad to 10

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Princess Yachts takes visual production to a new level with the premiere of its stunning new film, starring real people and real crew. Ambitious storyboarding meets continuous motion, complex rigging, and an exquisite backdrop, all underpinned by a stellar soundtrack – and captured by iconic cameras and vintage anamorphiclenses.

Designed to bring to life the exceptional experience of life aboard a Princess – and to showcase the 35M as the ultimate family-oriented superyacht – the luxury yacht brand tells the story of a real family enjoying quality time together aboard their boat in Mallorca

"When we first embarked on this project, the word 'ambitious' felt like an understatement," says Nick Brown, Cinematographer, Craft Films. "We wanted to follow the interaction of the family and crew moving through every space, and that could only be achieved by rigging up the cameras to move from deck to deck seamlessly. From a technical point of view, our major challenge was moving smoothly through different rooms on the boat to truly capture the feel of continuous motion. And an added layer of narrative complexity entailed creating the sense of an experience moving through time, to emulate an entire day aboard within just a few minutes."

Kiran Haslam, Marketing Director for Princess Yachts explains: "Despite meticulous planning, we faced many challenges, and while not quite as epic as Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', it was definitely the toughest film project in Princess' 52-year history! In Craft Films we had some of the finest filmmakers in the world today, and the support of the yacht's owner and his crew made the seemingly impossible, suddenly possible."

To create this cinema-standard, six-minute mini-movie, Craft Films chose to shoot on the Arri Alexa coupled with Panavision G series anamorphic lenses, to capture the yacht with a luscious tonality. The lenses had to be lightweight as the film crew were using a handheld gimbal, often rigged with a complex cable and pulley system to enable the camera to track across the exterior of the yacht while out at sea.

Shooting on water in open conditions presented a number of other complications: keeping the light consistent, combatting changing winds, positioning the superyacht in a current over an ever-shifting tide, limits on numbers aboard while out at sea, and dealing with moisture in high heat and humidity, to name but a few.

The team met these challenges and produced a remarkable film with a soundtrack by Esperanza Spalding, and a striking animation sequence of the brand's conservation champion, Enid.  

 Kiran Haslam added: "We are enormously proud of this original film, and it is testament to the fantastic team involved both in front of and behind the lens. It was one of our most ambitious projects to date, and is a sign of things to come as we now plan our next epic cinematic experience to further propel the Princess brand, and raise the bar on audio-visual production in the marine industry."

To view the film, visit the Princess Yachts Facebook page, vimeo or youtube channels.

Turn the Tide on Plastic have announced two more female sailors for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign – Irish Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy and New Zealand’s Bianca Cook. 

Both under 30, the pair join skipper Dee Caffari’s mixed and youth-focused campaign after successful trials, and take the total number of confirmed sailors in their squad to 10 with just 44 days to go until the start of the race.

“Annalise and Bianca both add strength to the squad and are developing quickly,” said Caffari. “Coming from an Olympic background, Annalise’s strength and racing skills are obvious, but she is still learning about life offshore, whereas Bianca has lots of big boat experience and is very comfortable offshore.”

© Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Rac Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Rac

She added: “The Volvo Ocean Race will certainly offer a challenge, but it’s one that they’re certainly up for. It’s a pleasure to see them loving every day on the boat.”

Dublin-born Murphy, 27, took silver in the Laser Radial class at Rio 2016, and was recently named Irish Times/Sport Ireland’s Sportswoman of the Year.

"The jump from Olympic inshore sailing to professional offshore sailing is a big one,” said Murphy. “I am expecting this race to be the toughest thing I have ever done both mentally and physically but I also can't wait for it to start." 

New Zealand’s Cook, 28, has accumulated over 70,000 offshore miles in the last few years. 

© Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Rac Jeremie Lecaudey/Volvo Ocean Rac

“Coming from Auckland, I’ve grown up watching the Volvo Ocean Race teams and I can’t believe that I’ll get to be one of those sailors,” she said. “To be given this chance and to have earned my place is a dream come true.”

Turn the Tide on Plastic will amplify UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign in 2017-18. The new recruits join a multinational squad led by Caffari (GBR) and featuring Australia’s Liz Wardley and Lucas Chapman; Italy’s Francesca Clapcich; Britons Bleddyn Mon and Henry Bomby, and Portuguese sailors Frederico Pinheiro de Melo and Bernardo Freitas.

The team are currently making their final preparations in Cascais, Portugal. All boats will head to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon by 18 September 2017 for final maintenance checks ahead of a non-scoring Prologue stage from Lisbon to Alicante ahead of the start of the 83,000 km race.

The race begins from Alicante, Spain on 22 October and will visit a further 11 Host Cities around the world – stopping at Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg – before a big finish in The Hague in summer 2018.

 

 

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IMarEST assists maritime sector as global treaty enters into force to halt invasive species

The International Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force today (8 September 2017) and the IMarEST remains on standby to support vessel owners, equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders in their collective efforts to ensure the Convention is successfully implemented.

Under the Convention, commercial ships are required to install ballast water management systems in order to prevent the global spread of invasive marine organisms. To fulfil the objectives of the Convention and halt further damage to delicate marine ecosystems around the world, a number of vessel owners must now select and fit suitably type-approved equipment that matches the operational profile of their ships and satisfies the new regulatory regime.

“It is a major undertaking for any shipowner and one that is fraught with complex technical challenges. The IMarEST is well-placed and keen to assist vessel operators address these issues, particularly through its Ballast Water Expert Group,” said Dr Bev MacKenzie, the IMarEST’s Technical & Policy Director.

The Ballast Water Expert Group (BWEG) was first convened by the IMarEST in 2010 and prior to the Convention’s ratification, dedicated itself to informing and educating IMO member States and the wider community through the provision of technical information and guidance. Now that the Convention has entered into force, it is working to support stakeholders in aspects related to the practical implementation. Reflecting the change in focus, these activities include:

      Encouraging development, approval and uptake of management systems

      Supporting crew training and cultural change

      Ensuring adequate legislation is in place

      Supporting sampling and monitoring of ballast water

      Exploring contingency measures

      Ensuring best practice is captured and made available.

 

Working through the BWEG, the IMarEST will continue in its efforts to ensure the shipping and related maritime industries can fulfil their functions in facilitating international trade and economic development with minimal environmental impact. It will continue to support its members and the industry as a whole in implementing the Convention – preferably sooner rather than later.

Get involved with the IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group (BWEG) or email technical@imarest.org to find out more.

  About IMarEST

The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society that brings marine engineers, scientists and technologists together into one professional body. The largest marine organisation of its kind, it spans 128 countries and works to promote the scientific development of marine disciplines, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

Members are able to gain professional registration (such as Technician, Incorporated, Registered or Chartered status). Education is supported through the MLA, a subsidiary of the IMarEST Group that delivers distance e-learning. 

The IMarEST is an NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Hydrographic Organization, the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

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