26 October 2011
When Tara arrives in San Diego on October 26th for a three-week stopover, she will be greeted with excitement and pomp by America’s Finest City’s officials and scientific community, which includes the University of California, San Diego, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, among others.
Starting with a boat parade to escort the vessel into the harbor, all efforts are being made to honor Tara’s mission and take advantage of her presence in the city. Tara will be berthed on Harbor Drive in the heart of San Diego’s busy downtown, as a guest of the Port of San Diego, at the San Diego Maritime Museum alongside such tourist attractions as the historic Star of India and Berkeley.
On October 27th at 11am, the Mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, and Port of San Diego Chairman Scott Peters will hold a press conference to officially welcome Tara to San Diego. The Consul General of France in Los Angeles, David Martinon, the scientific director of Tara Oceans, Dr. Eric Karsenti and Romain Troublé, operations manager of Tara Oceans will also speak at the event.
Port Chairman Scott Peters tied Tara’s research to efforts the Port is making to safeguard its own environment. “As an environmental steward, the Port of San Diego has great respect and appreciation for the marine research being done by this team,” said Peters. “The port’s jurisdiction includes more than 3,000 acres of water. We are developing a Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Plan to prepare for potential climate change impacts here in San Diego.”
Following their remarks and questions from the media, the VIPs will receive a tour of the vessel.