The building of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands that is under construction has been fixed to the seabed at the planned location in the test site of the PLOCAN Consortium, situated to the north-east of the island of Gran Canaria, following successful completion of the mooring procedure by UTE Acciona-Lopesan.
On 30 November the educational boat Canarias-III departed from the south of the island of El Hierro to begin its transatlantic voyage as part of the ATLANTIC Fall Regatta organised by Educational Passages, the international educational programme that is co-ordinated in the Canary Islands by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). Pupils from the IES Garoé secondary school worked together with PLOCAN to prepare this new educational boat that will hopefully cross the Atlantic Ocean in the same way as some of its predecessors, such as Canarias II, which is currently sailing through the waters of the Caribbean Sea after more than six months of uninterrupted autonomous navigation.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands Consortium has received the second prize at the Annual Event for Regional Policy and European Funds in Spain where it was recognised as one of the best co-financed actions using ERDF funds in Spain due to its incorporation of innovative elements, the appropriateness of its activities to the established objective, its outreach and engagement with local citizens, and its commitment to environmental sustainability.
PLOCAN was chosen by the Government of the Canary Islands to represent the Canary Islands Autonomous Community at the “Annual Event for Regional Policy and European Funds in Spain”, held in the Lázaro Galdiano Museum in Madrid on 24 – 25 November. At this gathering, autonomous communities and institutional bodies present their best co-financed actions using ERDF funds and discuss new proposals for the use of these funds, as well as raising awareness of their importance.
Between the 21st and 23rd of November next year, PLOCAN will host the General Assembly of the AtlantOS project in Gran Canaria. This was one of the main topics under discussion at a workshop-seminar, also held at PLOCAN, the 2nd – 4th November this year.
PLOCAN Glider School successfully held its seventh edition, having trained more than one hundred students from more than 20 countries since it began. As in previous years, the event was supported by the presence of businesses and institutions that develop these autonomous marine observation platforms.
Last week, PLOCAN was present at the Gran Canaria Fair of the Canary Islands Week of Science and Innovation. The fair is intended as a place for outreach and demonstration of the work carried out by the principle R&D&I centres on the island.
PLOCAN considered it important to highlight the work on the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands as a current hot topic, and therefore presented the activity “Design and construction of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands”. This consisted of a 3D printing workshop where, as well as introducing people to the operation of a 3D printer, participants were encouraged to produce a puzzle that was a scale model of PLOCAN and which the younger children painted according to their taste. Each participating school took their own finished 3D model away with them as a souvenir.
In conjunction with the activity, outreach material specially prepared for the event and targeted towards the general public was on display. This included a poster showing a graphical representation of the finished PLOCAN Test Site and marine vehicle fleet to highlight the work carried out by PLOCAN and to indicate the final location of the platform; a display showing an image of the initial model of the platform next to an up-to-date graphic that permitted visitors to compare the initial concept of the platform with the one which has been built; and information on the construction process and general plans of the platform.