The project known as “WIORI” ( West Indian Ocean Research Initiative) and is A JOINT VENTURE with NATURA , and is supported by a board made up of business men, navy flag officers, solicitors, research scientists, educators, and conservationists, as well as internationally well known persons.
It revolves around the scientific marine data collection within designated research areas (described on the home page) and analysis and finally reporting and publication of data research findings and measures designed to protect marine habitats and their species. WIORI is supported by THE UNIVERSITY PEDIGOGICA of Mozambique (MAPUTO), the UNIVERSITY FEDERAL FLUMINENSE OF RIO DE JANEIRO, and local organizations including Government Agencies in Mozambique such as ANAC .
WIORI has an agreement with HQ2 CHARTERS the operating company of the expedition catamaran "HQ2", a 40 ton 75 foot ocean going catamaran which has duplicate systems, such as auxiliary power, water-making, navigation, communication, and electric power generation to ensure fully trouble free on location scientific programmes at sea and in the coastal areas designated. With a professional crew, the vessel can undertake expedition for up to 45 days at a time, with full on board capabilities for 6 scientists and the crew to undertake diving and excursions. The ship also has side scan sonar capability to enable new sea bed charts and structure maps to be made.