We are proud and honored to get the opportunity to advocate for climate action as part of the delegation of the Marshall Islands at COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. We had two very nice events where we presented the achievements of Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) in gaining climate change resilience by reviving the traditional outrigger canoe.
A recorded video of our session is here available on demand (requires free registration).
The Marshall Island Journal (local newspaper of the Marshall Islands) has published a nice article about the successful collaboration between Waan Aelon in Majel (WAM), Proasis and the Low Carbon Sea Transport Project. WAM has just launched a slightly smaller version of our Proasis with sustainable fishing in mind. Kommol tata for the great work!
We had a great time the last couple of days at the Kiel Climate week. It was a pleasure to present Proasis to the public on the first major event, take people sailing and rise awareness for the crisis the Marshall Islands and many other places around the globe are going through.
Henrik hast developed a data logger to collect performance data for polar plots for the Marshall Islands project on low carbon sea transport. The loggers collects samples of GPS speed, heading and wind speed and direction simultaneously. The data is collected and will be processed soon!
WAM, the NGO in the Marshall Islands we support as part of the TLCSeaT project, recently got a high visitor interested in the latest achievements of canoe construction:
A pleasant surprise at the open canoe-house day was the visit of the Hon. Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technology, Donald Capelle who came accompanied by his wife and granddaughter. A canoe sailor himself, he was exited to learn more about the latest canoes launched by WAM: Unlike any other craft in the RMI, WAM’s latest canoe was built with stitch & glue technology. This new technique to construct canoe hulls has been introduced by the GIZ (German International Corporation) fundedproject “Transitioning to Low Carbon Sea Transport” (or TLCSeaT) as part of a prototype workshop at WAM in January to April 2020 (see previous post on proas.is). Stitch & Glue is an advanced technique to build plywood canoes, not unlike the traditional way for dugout canoes, but adapted to the “new“ plywood material. The individual parts are first stitched together, brought in shape and glued into place permanently by glue from epoxy resin. Due to the perfect adaptation to the characteristics of the plywood and the superior strength of epoxy as glue, the stitch & glue canoes are substantially lighter and stronger than their previous counterparts. Further benefits are a faster construction (a hull is completed in less than a week) and an expected lifetime of at least 20 years if well maintained.
WAM plans to host more training workshops on contemporary canoe building in the future as part of the TLCSeaT project in a close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport, MISC, HEL (University of Emden-Leer) and GIZ. Starting with the next workshop in mid-February, the long-term goal is to train Marshallese canoe builder in the new construction technique to replace as many fossil fuel powered boats as possible by canoes.
In a community effort, WAM will put RMI in a leading position of the worldwide effort to reduce the CO 2 emissions of the shipping sector. Updated for the future, the traditional Marshallese canoe, still the best craft for RMI’s waters, is ready to meet the requirements of the 21 st century and sails towards a new golden age.
We from proasis are proud to be part of this story!
Sea trials in the Majuro Lagoon going on despite COVID-19 (the Marshall Islands are still Virus free). WAM is doing an awesome job pushing the Low Carbon Shipping prototypes to their edge and subsequently improving them.
With all the prototypes successfully launched its time for sea trials and sailing training now. Most of the trials will be done by WAM independently as Henrik had to returne to Germany due to Covid-19.
As promised some footage of a 40nm trial with the catamaran in the Majuro lagoon:
After an intense but great time in the WAM workshop both prototype designs were launched round about 6 weeks after they were started. A detailed explanation covering the construction of the WAM Cat will follow soon on this site so stay tuned 😉
Now its time for sea trials in the beautiful Majuro lagoon. Wait for some videos!