Butt Cat Boat Builders, Atlin Chemicals, Suzuki Marine and Nauti-Tech confirmed their commitment to marine conservation by making generous sponsorship’s towards Raggy Charters new research and marine eco-cruise vessel ‘My China’. Without their support this venture would not have been possible. The new vessel will greatly increase Raggy Charters marine conservation efforts in Algoa Bay Hope Spot.
Other sponsors included PPG / Sigma / Braemar Paints, PG Glass, Euro Steel, Daltar Printing, Dynamic Water Sports, Algoa Toyota, Rudi Projects, Talhado Fishing, Bridgestone, Algoa Security and Commercial Marine. Their generous support is also much appreciated.
The vessel was launched with a special event attended by some 130 people. Lloyd Edwards started off by giving a history of the Baywatch Project and Raggy Charters, including images of just some of the marine animals that have been seen in Algoa Bay this year.
Dr Lorien Pichegru, the resident Raggy Charters scientist, spoke about her research that has been done in Algoa Bay over the years. Dr Pichegru has written over 40 scientific papers, mainly on the endangered African Penguin. Her efforts have gone a long way in helping get the Greater Addo Marine Protected Area proclaimed.
The CEO of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Glenton de Kock, also spoke on how NMBT had expanded and promoted marine ecotourism in Asia over the last few years. He said that marine ecotourism was key to developing tourism sustainably and would help stimulate the local economy.
All then proceeded to the boat where the ship and all who sail on her were blessed, and champagne sprayed on her bow.