Volvo Ocean Race set for green initiative

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Kochi, Aug 8 (UNI) The Volvo Ocean Race is undertaking a pioneering environmental project aimed at finding out how oceans have been affected by ships exchanging billions of tonnes of ballast water.

Each boat in the race will be involved in the programme initiated by the Official Logistics Partner, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) based in the UK, according to a Cochin Port Trust (CPT) release here.

The media crew member on board each racing yacht will be responsible for taking regular water samples using a sophisticated testing process based on bioluminescence using a measuring instrument called a luminometer.

The research at sea involves recording the mass of species in the sample and reporting the results. A scientific report of the findings will be published post-race.

The race route provides scientists with a rare opportunity to analyse the biomass of the water in deep seas not on regular shipping routes.

'' Invasive species are one of the four major threats to the world's oceans, the other three being global climate change, marine pollution and over fishing, '' said WWL's Global Head of Environment Melanie Moore.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will start from Alicante in Spain, on October 4.

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