The TRSC and the Red Sea University carried out a series of observations along the Sudanese coast prior to the 2022 expedition.
The expedition postponed to 2022 due to the immobilisation of the Fleur de Passion following an incident in the Gulf of Aqaba
Le Transnational Red Sea Center was forced to suspend its first expedition season along the Sudanese coasts
A little more than a month after her arrival in the Gulf of Aqaba and sometimes tedious logistical preparations
First days at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat pier
Watch the video of the official launch of the first expedition season
It is now official: the Transnational Red Sea Center at EPFL will conduct its first expedition season
Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion arrived safely in Aqaba, Jordan, on June 10th after a six-week navigation
Discover the ceremony organized in Seville at the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation
Fair winds to Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion and her crew, who set sails from Seville towards the Red Sea
The departure of Fleur de Passion for the Red Sea was the subject of a series of events organised in Seville
From 2022 to 2025, the Transnational Red Sea Center is planning a series of expeditions along the coasts of the Red Sea, as the first phase of its long-term vision. For scientific reasons, these expeditions are to take place in summer, when the water temperature in the region is at its highest. Their ambition is to progressively cover the ca. 4’500 km coastline of the eight Red Sea countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, and Djibouti. At the same time, high-tech monitoring stations will be deployed in strategic locations while outreach activities will be carried out to engage the local communities in partnership with local stakeholders.
The expeditions will have the following scientific priorities:
An important aspect of the planned expeditions will be the employment and testing of new technologies under challenging fieldwork conditions; i.e., on board a relatively small sailboat (see below). As an example, these expeditions will test the most recent eDNA analytical technologies, providing on-board genetic information on reef-biodiversity, which can support sampling strategy in quasi real-time. These technical advances will be directly transferable to future expeditions and contribute strongly to the introduction of relatively small vessels into coastal oceanography.
Based in Port Sudan, the 33 meter-long Don Questo will be the logistical platform of the expedition for the first years. The Don Questo is a former trawler vessel built in Selby (England) in 1964, then transformed into an oceanographic research vessel under the Italian flag in 1984. Since 1998, after a complete overhaul, she’s also served as diving liveabroad ship. She can accommodate up to 18 persons.
In September 2021, the TRSC carried out a first "scouting" mission along the Sudanese coasts, North of Port Suda, on board the Don Questo, to pave the way to the Summer 2022 expedition.