Olivera says 80 per cent of profits would go back into the science and maintains the vessel would not be a “toy for the rich”.
“It is really an opportunity for the wealthy to contribute to science and participate in science. This is not having a billionaire in a bathtub, sipping a glass of champagne,” he said.
Little about Olivera’s CV screams science-minded entrepreneur.
He’s been a salesman, an event organiser for the wealthy, a restaurateur, a property developer and a capital raiser for a luxury yachtmaker, but says that after seeing the damage to the coral reef in the Maldives while trying to build a hotel there in 2010, his attention turned to the environment.
He has since assembled a team of experts from superyacht designers to microbiologists, space and marine scientists and smart city planners to help make his blue sky vision a reality.
The project has the backing of Martin Yates, Dell Technologies’ chief technology officer for international smart digital cities, who hopes the ship will one day have such state-of-the-art science as quantum computing on what he sees as “a space station on Earth”.
Simon Redern, the dean of the college of science at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said the “exciting thing about this is it promises a platform for researching the oceans”.
“If you remember the Malaysian Airlines disappearance into the Indian Ocean, that led to a huge survey of the bottom of the ocean and we demonstrated we knew very little about what was there,” he said.
“It shows how much there is to learn especially when the world is changing so rapidly in terms of climate and all the related effects of that. Any opportunities we can have to learn more about what is beneath the surface of the sea is important.”
Olivera is adamant that this is not a pipe dream, even if it sounds like one. “It’s going to float in the water, it’s not a ship that’s going to navigate on the rings of Saturn. It’s actually very doable,” he said.
Not shy about what he wants to achieve, he hopes it will appeal to environmentally minded billionaires such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, all of whom can afford a ticket to a VIP suite many times over.
“I really would like Elon and Jeff and Bill to come into the project because they are the true planetary vanguards,” he said. “I hope to get them involved.”
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