Spanish Navy Tall Ship Receives Certificate From NOAA

Juan Sebastián de Elcano School Ship

January 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – This week the school ship “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” has received from the “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration” (NOAA) the certificate of responsibility by which he is recognized with the highest of ratings on commitment and compliance with restrictions at the Stellwagen whale sanctuary in the North Atlantic.


During its XCI instruction cruise, specifically between January and May 2019, the school vessel transited the area called “Stellwgen Bank National Marine Sanctuary”, recognized by the NOAA, in which all ships are requested to comply with the program of responsibility that helps to reduce the deaths or damages that are caused to these cetaceans due to collisions in the sea.To do this the NOAA marks a speed restriction of less than 10 knots in this area, being fulfilled at all times during the 5 months in those that the ship entered in that area.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency of the US Department of Commerce, whose activities focus on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. This agency issues warnings about adverse weather conditions, guides on the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts studies to improve the understanding and administration of the environment.

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