The RSDRV offers full research and educational facilities including two laboratories
(chemical and biological); sampling tools (fishing gear, water samplers, sediment
grabs, plankton nets, etc); two water analysis multiprops; current and light meters;
tagging equipment; teaching facilities (lecturing areas, multimedia presentation
and computer facilities); diving and snorkeling equipment; underwater photographic
equipment; and ROV and all necessary navigation tools.
The boat is manned by teaching staff or program leaders and an experienced underwater
support crew. The management and crew of the RSDRV are highly experienced in environmental
and research work, having supported the work of HEPCA in the boat’s previous life
as a diving, exploratory and support vessel.
The Red Sea Defender’s initial project is the Red Sea Dolphin project, dedicated
to the study of dolphins and documenting their abundance, distribution, and ecology
in the Red Sea. This is the first research project completely dedicated to dolphins
and whale (cetacean) in the Egyptian Red Sea.
The trip is open for anybody who would like to join and you can read more about