25 November 2022
The Argo float given by the Principality to Mauritius deployed at sea
A launch at 053°00.0' long. East - 25°00.0' lat. South
After the arrival of the S.A. Agulhas II on her second stopover in Mauritius on 22 November in the early morning, Monaco Explorations team organized a reception in the early evening which brought together H.E. Marie Cyril Eddy Boissezon, Vice-President of the Republic, Acting President, and Sudheer Maudhoo, Minister for the Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Maritime Transport. Marie Cyril Eddy Boissezon, Vice-President of the Republic, Acting President, and Sudheer Maudhoo, Minister for the Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Maritime Transport, around forty participants who were presented with an initial assessment of the operations conducted on the Saya de Malha Bank. Prior to this reception, the whole day was devoted to welcoming numerous schoolchildren. Scientists from Mauritius and Seychelles were present to explain their research work to them and to awaken their interest. The Argo float adopted in the morning by the representatives of seven schools in Mauritius, was handed over by Gilles Bessero, Director of Explorations of Monaco and Hervé Claustre, co-manager of the international BGC Argo programme, to Dr Rezah Badal, Director General of the Department of Administration and Exploration of the Continental Shelf and Maritime Zones, reporting to the Prime Minister. This float, decorated by Rémi Leroy, one of the two artists in residence on board during the expedition, was deployed on 25 November 2022 at 16:30 along with a second float, during the first hydrology station of the return transit to Cape Town, South Africa, 24 hours after the ship left Mauritius for its home port.
The deployment of the Mauritian float
The float handed over to Mauritius by the Principality of Monaco was deployed at the end of the afternoon of 25 November 2022 by Céline Dimier and Vincent Taillandier, the two members of Hervé Claustre’s BGC Argo team, who remained on board to carry out the final deployment operations planned for the return journey to Cape Town. In total, six more floats will be deployed on the journey and three Rosettes/CTDs will be carried out. Around thirty floats will thus have reached the Indian Ocean and will allow a much more efficient surveillance and monitoring of this area, which was under-equipped before the expedition.