Pandora and Corona virus research

Hi guys,
I was  chosen as a volunteer crew based on my professional skills, experience at sea, and  soley because of my willingness to volunteer at sea, to participate to the  in a Pandora virus  and Corona virus mission in Svalbard

The mission vessels include is an Ice going boat, built in Norway, 23 Meters and 80 Tons and probably an additional support vessel. The main target of the expedition it´s scientific research about Pandora virus and Coronavirus, you can read more information on the research  website (

In addition, we will search for the remains of the airship Italia (led by Gen. Umberto Nobile) on the 93th anniversary of the tragedy in which it crashed and part of it was lost in 1928, shortly after it reached the North Pole.
Research and measurements will be carried out by international scientists to analyze climate, global warming, pollution, new marine life forms, etc. in collaboration with volunteers like me who were  shortlisted for the mission.
As a participating volunteer, there are financial prerequisites  that I should meet   for the expedition
Expedition duration: about 15 Days - about 3000 nautical miles. Departure from Norway with a journey to Svalbard until reaching packed ice (Polar shell).

Given the dangers and difficulty of the mission, it will be a requirement for the selected participants to take part in training courses that will take before the expedition (1 week before) and in Svalbard area in the North Sea, to familiarize themselves with navigation equipment and the Arctic climate.

In addition, the courses will include:

* Course of Use and Handling of Weapons (Rifles and Shotguns)

* Basic Arctic Navigation Course

* Base Mountaineering Course

* Survival course in Arctic regions

* International telecommunication course, satellite use, and GPS mapping based on GMDSS.

The mission language is English (intermediate or above is required) as it will be a mixed crew of different nations.

Other information:

Preventive Medical Examinations (Required)

Navigation conditions, with temperatures close to zero or lower.

Probable wind conditions 10-40 knots, wave height 0.50cm to 6 mt.

You will have the possibility to participate in television broadcasts, conferences, interviews etc. starting from February 2021

In addition, a financial contribution is required to participate in the expedition. (contribution not covered by Ocean Sea Foundation). This contribution is to cover the following expenses that the Ocean Sea Foundation will have to pay in advance for each participant:

  *  Personal insurance on board the ship

  * "Helicopter Rescue" SAR Insurance

  * Land and Exploration Mission Insurance

  * Overnight, before departure (Training Time, 1 week)

  * Personal teaching and safety material (harnesses, carabiners, etc. etc.)

  * Contribution to food and drink (Training time and Expedition Time)

  * Suitable clothing (Expedition time)

  * Weapon Hire

  * All necessary courses and related teaching material - Basic Arctic Navigation Course

  * Polar Bear Course and Practical Shooting Session at Shooting Range. (Svalbard)

  * Course of Use and Handling of Weapons (Rifles and Shotguns)

  * Basic Arctic Navigation Course

  * Base Mountaineering Course

  * Survival course in Arctic regions

  * International telecommunication course, satellite use, and GPS mapping based on GMDSS.

The contribution is Euro 4,800 to cover the aforementioned expenses, while the expedition organized by the Ocean Sea Foundation is completely free of charge I am required to meet these financial obstacles.

I will appreciate any contribution towards this expedition.


Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard islands, is located on the border between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean and its marine ecosystems can be considered privileged observers to study changes relating to climate change and human anthropogenic impact.

Traces of pathogens are found naturally in any ecosystem, but their concentration can be significantly increased by human activity, posing a threat to the environment and health. In particular, pathogenic micro-organisms are introduced into the Arctic marine environment through local inputs and long-range transport processes guided by oceanic and atmospheric circulation. Here, pathogens are taken up by living organisms and biomagnified through the marine food web. The main objective of the project is therefore to obtain a better knowledge of the presence, sources and transport paths of pathogenic microorganisms transported in the Arctic through suspended marine particulates, an important pathogen transporter in the oceans. In particular, the study will focus on elements with a biological role, such as SARS Coronavirus, COVID-19, Enterovirus, Mastadenoviris.
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