Raja Ampat, Indonesia: The rich marine life in the Raja Ampat Islands makes it a dream destination for scuba divers and snorkellers. This place has more than 1,300 species of fish and 75% of all the hard-coral species on the planet.
Therefore, protecting coral reefs from the ravages of climate change and pollution, while maintaining public access, is a high priority for Indonesians.
Fossil fuel-powered dive boats, tour boats and cruise ships are common sights on the reef, but the MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge is setting a more ecological example by switching to zero-emission dive boats
Fossil fuel-powered dive boats, tour boats and cruise ships are common sights on the reef. But, the eco-friendly dive resort ‘The MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge,’ is setting a more ecological example by switching to zero-emission diving boats, powered by Torqeedo electric outboards.
Mahasti Motazedi, the founder of MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge, explains “We are nature lovers. As professional divers, we know how unique and fragile our undersea world is and we’re passionate about its protection. Converting our dive boats to Torqeedo electric outboards has proven that divers prefer an environmentally friendly experience that won’t harm the reef and without the noise and smell of combustion engines. We hope that this will be the first step for cleaner and more eco-friendly diving all over Raja Ampat and the rest of the world.”
MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge has modified its two traditional Papuan long boats into electric dive boats. The first boat, “Puck Tiga”, is a 22 meter long boat equipped with a Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 engine and lithium-ion batteries. With single charge it can travel up to 20 kilometres and ferry 12 divers to and from the dive sites. The second boat, “Puck Ampat”, is 8 meters long, is equipped with a Torqeedo Travel 1003 and is used to transport up to 6 passengers on trips of 10 km or less.
“Our partnership with Torqeedo was key for our success. Torqeedo provided us with the right support to implement and test the electric motor and battery systems. The next step is to share the electric motors with the local Papuan villages to allow them to travel in a way that’s healthier for them and for the environment,” Motazedi said.
“We are pleased to work with MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge. Their eco-friendly dive operation is a true ‘lighthouse’ project which has proven that clean, electric boats are the best way to explore Raja Ampat, one of the most stunningly beautiful, yet ecologically fragile, locations on the planet. We look forward to a long and successful partnership,” said Marcus Magiar, president and managing director of Torqeedo Asia-Pacific.
Information Source: Torqeedo
Photo courtesy: MahaRaja Eco Dive Lodge