Last Monday Altasea La Kretz Blue Incubator was inaugurated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, opening the way to a brand new Campus and Ocean Innovation Center.
Garcetti hailed AltaSea as “a place where scientists, educators, policy makers and entrepreneurs can work together to accelerate marine research that will set an example for the world to follow.”
“Today’s groundbreaking is not just about San Pedro, the port, my district or even Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino. “Today’s groundbreaking is about our planet and about our future. What happens here will affect generations for years to come.”
The Longest Swim headquarter is located in Altasea main building, this will be our base camp for the next months as the team is preparing the support boat Discoverer for the expedition. We couldn’t dreamt for a better place: we have a huge surface to store our equipment, and are surrounded by innovative business and organization, the perfect network to help us getting to the starting line.
We feel very fortunate to call it our home!
Picture from left to right:
- Irving Johnson – Maritime Ambassador of the City of Los Angeles,100-ft tall ship of Los Angeles Maritime Institute
- 3 boats of the Catalina Sea Ranch fleet – including 75-ft Captain Jack
- S/Y Discoverer – The Longest Swim 67-ft support sailboat
- E/V Nautilus -Ocean Exploration Trust 211-ft ship, under the direction of Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who is known for finding the wreck of the Titanic