Workshop on RV Mtafiti | VLIZ - KMFRI

Workshop on RV Mtafiti

From 18 - 27 April 2016, a workshop is organized by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in order to jumpstart the deployment of RV Mtafiti and thereby the advancement of marine science in the WIO region. The workshop is sponsored by VLIR-UOS, VLIZ, KMFRI and IOC Africa.

“Training on scientific cruise planning, oceanographic sampling, fisheries and data management”

KMFRI, Mombasa, Kenya, 18 – 27 April 2016


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The workshop includes classroom training as well as a hands-on experience on-board RV Mtafiti covering all aspects on how to operate and plan a scientific cruise, demonstrations of the use and maintenance of marine sampling equipment, oceanographic (biological, chemical and physical data) sampling applied to the local demands, data collection and data management.

The ambition of the workshop is to:

  • create a critical pool of staff in the WIO-region (and beyond) with the capacity to effectively undertake oceanographic research using RV Mtafiti and to act as scientific campaign leaders for their scientific crew during research cruises;
  • ensure the cost-effective use of ship time and guarantee the excellence and quality of data as well as samples collected during surveys and therefore maximize the benefits to be gained from cruises undertaken using RV Mtafiti;
  • create awareness of the availability of RV Mtafiti for regional research campaigns and promote the deployment of RV Mtafiti for joint research and education projects.

The workshop is organised in collaboration with the IOC Project Office for IODE (Oostende, Belgium) and the UNESCO/IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States (IOC Africa in Nairobi, Kenya) and contributes to the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE2) (2015-2020).

Classroom courses and onboard training will be made available online through the OCeanTeacher Global Academy Platform.

The trainers are Andre Cattrijsse, Francisco Hernandez, Klaas Deneudt and Harrison Ong’anda. Guest speakers are Mika Odido, Renison Ruwa and Enock Wakwabi . They will share their expertise and experiences gained over the years deploying RV Mtafiti (formerly RV Zeeleeuw) and RV Simon Stevin in the North Sea and their expertise and knowledge on data management.

Coordinators: Nina Wambiji (KMFRI) and Delphine Vanhaecke (VLIZ)