“When No News Means Good News”
Yes, we know. Lately, we haven’t been updating our Bouvetoya website recently, but we’ve been focused on securing crucial details of arrangements of our project recently.
We have received a couple of questions regarding the way we’re going to land at the island and why we dropped the heli way. The answer is simple: cost reduction and security measures. Once helicopter’s cost doesn’t bother us, we can stay around the island longer – waiting for the best suitable sea conditions to proceed with zodiac landing. by doing so, we also reduce any security risk, not to mention, the cost involved. We don’t want to jeopardize the project by playing with the wrong cards, or rather – just one “heli card”.
Just a reminder: our total budget estimation counts 225k USD, far less than any other similar DXpedition project recently. We’re running 95K USD short now and looking for solutions to secure the missing part.
We’re in touch with DX Foundations we have applied to (eg. NCDXF, Indexa). We have received a big number of questions out of their application forms we had to answer to in details. We understand all of that, of course. The most recent project didn’t succeed and they’re simply cautious. Nevertheless, this all takes a lot of critical timing to our project and we start to have an impression, we’re not welcome there. Sad and whatever information we provide, our applications would be dropped, forcing us to reduce the number of participants or cancel Expedition plans… This is the bad news.
The good news is that we are able to re-negotiate our vessel’s contract to cut extra cost by 15k USD! We plan to run its inspection in person in Cape town in late July. We have also scheduled another cargo to RSA with a second part of our gear going to Bouvet Island. We also bear in mind security measures. Each participant of our expedition will land at the island while wearing a rescue drysuit to protect from cold and other unpleasant conditions. In addition, a professional CPR and first aid obligatory training will be provided to each of participant in prior of leaving Cape Town. We’ll have a skilled paramedic on the board, too.
We still have some available ”seats” for potential operators or polar-Antarctic scientists
Stay tuned for more news coming soon!
The 3YØI Team