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Seakeepers Yacht Owners Protect Oceans

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Logo for Seakeepers Ocean Protection Society


SeaKeepers, a group of yacht owners, has an innovative option: a specially-designed sensing system for measuring sea changes.  The 70th annual Miami International Boat Show is set to take place this week. Many of the superyachts in Miami will offer plenty of luxury features, from hot tubs to helipads.


But a select few of the luxury yacht charter vessels in town for the show will boast an innovative option that allows owners do a little something good for the planet as their yachts cruise the playgrounds of the rich famous.

Many SeaKeepers yachts have sensing systems that automatically collect ocean and weather readings and stream them to worldwide scientists.

One of the SeaKeeper vessels, the $58 million motor yacht BIG FISH, owned by Hong Kong-based millionaire Richard Beattie, is in the midst of a polar circumnavigation, the first attempted by a private vessel.

Photograph of motoryacht BIG FISH underway, heading left and down to corner of photo


Owners of some of the world’s largest yachts are members, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, publisher Steve Forbes, and Miami Heat and Carnival Cruise Lines owner, Micky Arison.


In 1998, yacht owners in Monaco discussed climate change, then they formed the nonprofit.  They then created a system so yachts could do oceanic research.

The SeaKeeper 1000, monitoring system cost millions of dollars. It was donated by the group’s founding members, scientists, and engineers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The system measures temperature, salinity, oxygen and acid in the ocean. It also gathers weather readings.


The Seakeepers fight to protect the oceans, and as quoted by the Marine Conservation Institite,

“the ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impact.”


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Superyacht LADY KATHRYN V Deploys Ocean Data-Gathering Buoy In Azores

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Add another name to the growing list of private yacht charter vessels and their owners and crews stepping up to the plate to further the cause of protecting our oceans.

Earlier this summer, Lurssen yacht LADY KATHRYN V deployed an oceanographic instrument drifter in the Azores on behalf of The International SeaKeepers Society. The data collected by the drifter will be used for various marine preservation studies.

Motoryacht Lady Kathryn profile

The 61 meter superyacht was in between summer charters and the crew took the opportunity to assist to place the very first Seakeepers data-gathering floater in the Azores.

SeaKeepers works with institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to take and record ongoing oceanographic measurements. The collection of this data is used to analyze and study oil spills, marine debris accumulation, and hurricane prediction models.  The cumulative effect of this data leads to a better understanding of the marine environment.

Superyacht Big Fish aerial

Other charter vessels that are participating in the program include the 45 meter McMullen & Wing yacht BIG FISH, currently in the South Pacific, and the 54 meter Sensation Yachts yacht NOBEL HOUSE, based this summer in Cabo, Mexico.

Stern of motoryacht Noble House with smiling crewmembers standing there

Built in 2011, the 200 ft Lurssen LADY KATHRYN V yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.  She is available this winter in the Bahamas and the Caribbean at a weekly rate of $450,000.  For further information, call 305-720-7245


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Every little bit helps – thank you for doing your part to protect our oceans!


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