A major expedition dedicated to sustainable marine innovation
and to marine and coastal ecosystems of the Indian ocean

Isabelle Autissier

sponsored by Isabelle Autissier


For the past 3.8 billion years, nature has proved very efficient to adapt to all sorts of challenges. Ever since its infancy, mankind mimics nature to improve its materials and processes.

Oceans have inspired hundreds of scientists working on developing innovative tools and solutions to fulfil humanity’s need but also to reduce the impact of climate change.

From renewable marine energy to nutrition, cosmetic or medical applications for microalgae and specific drone use at large, innovation is picking up momentum and is now exploring all subjects.

But innovation is not only technological. Innovating also means enabling participatory democracy allowing citizens to become actors of the protection, exploration and management or marine resources.


Coral reefs feed tens of millions of people worldwide and provide ecological and economical services valued at twenty billion euros yearly in the action zone of Ocean Innovation Tour: south-west Indian Ocean.

Coral reefs such as Great Barrier Reef, Australia for instance, are homes to the largest planetary ecosystems. The great Barrier currently suffers irreversible degradation. Similar events are observed in the Indian Ocean suggesting local populations should start working so that the reef continues to provide for them, to protect them against strong storms and to capture CO2.

Coral reefs and its underlying ecosystems harbour a biodiversity that little is known about and are a source of inspiration for pivotal innovative solutions in the ecological transition and sustainable development.

Are you developing an innovative technology that could serve

to better explore, protect, valorise or exploit oceans sustainably?

If yes, then come aboard the Antsiva, the beautiful 28-meter sailboat and floating lab.

A tailored R&D mission will produce data in real conditions useful for the further development or marketing of your technology.

You will benefit from the great logistical tool that Anstiva is and enter the mediatic, scientific and financial ecosystem of Ocean Innovation Tour.

You will associate your company to a participatory program for sustainable coral reefs valorisation and for generation of sustainable added value for local populations.

Goals of
Ocean Innovation Tour organisation

Ocean Innovation Tour is a major expedition dedicated to sustainable marine innovation and to marine and coastal ecosystems of the Indian ocean.

The first tour will leave in 2018 and will visit a series of locations across the Indian Ocean and the Mozambique channel specifically. Every stage of the expedition has the same uniting goals:

  • Improve knowledge of significant ecosystems of the Indian Ocean with the help of innovative technologies.
  • Initiate a restoration project of a marine and coastal ecosystems with significant added value for local populations.

Help innovators develop solutions of tomorrow

Antsiva is already equipped to host scientific expedition hence it is ready to welcome aboard innovators who need to test their technology at large, in shallow water or on shore. Antsiva is a floating lab dedicating its logistical and technical experience to innovation and in situ testing.

The crew works close to the innovators and tailors each stage of the expedition to their needs.

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Fight for coral reef longevity and for local populations

Supporting innovation is not enough to make a significant impact so Ocean Innovation Tour pledges to complete a participatory protection and valorisation action for coral reefs.
At each stages of the expedition, the crew will act for coral reef protection and in the process, will implicate the local populations who rely on coral reefs to survive.
The action will be one of awareness and education on marine ecosystem but also as often as possible, one of restoration and fish habitat rehabilitation.

2018-2020 tour

Marin and coastal ecosystems of south-west Indian Ocean are known to be one of the richer areas in terms biodiversity. Its peculiar location and topography means its contains all latitudes where corals can live, including some completely virgin areas such as the Eparses Islands of the Chagos and some largely impacted areas such as the ones close to the coast.

On top of this, the existence of a strong subequatorial current helps pull life from the preserved areas such as Saint Brandon, Rodrigues, Saya de Malha to areas where they are most needed, namely the coastal areas of Africa and Madagascar.

Unfortunately, the intense natural and anthropogenic pressure exacerbated by the global change is threatening the fragile balance of theses ecosystems and biodiversity treasures.

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Founding members

Nicolas et Anne TISNE

Nicolas et Anne TISNE

Cofounder, president and vice-president of Ocean Innovation Tour

Entrepreneur, professional sailors and adventurers at heart, Nicolas and Anne Tisne designed and built Antsiva then sailed to the Indian Ocean to offer functioning logistical platform to scientists. As of today, they have successfully filled 35 missions during while they were able to adapt and adjust the ship to scientists needs, thus always increasing and improving their offer. They have gained experience logistically but also geographically as they now know the area inside out.
They have decided to offer their rich experience and their amazing ship Antsiva to Ocean Innovation Tour.



Cofounder of Ocean Innovation Tour

Colas works at upOwa, a start-up working on providing rural areas of Africa with access to electricity. Amongst other things, he develops UpAcademy, an empowerment program for his less qualified employees coming from rural areas. Deep in Cameroon’s bush he does not forget his passion for sailing, the environment and sea adventures. Therefore, with Pierre Jammes, Jean-Pascal Quod, Anne et Nicolas Tisné, he founded Ocean Innovation Tour. At 27 years old, he is the youngest member of the team.



Cofounder of Ocean Innovation Tour

Entrepreneur and founder of several innovative start-ups in the fields of social science and education, founding partner of Babyloan, a solidarity company, first crowdfunding platform in Europe, Pierre is also drawn to the great spaces of the mountain and the sea. Being able to combine scientific adventure, nature protection and added value for local populations in one participatory scientific project is the promising reason he decided to get involved in Ocean Innovation Tour.

Jean Pascal QUOD

Jean Pascal QUOD

Scientific expert for Ocean Innovation Tour

Oceanographer, entrepreneur, researcher, Jean-Pascal founded several companies. He specialises in coral reef health. He is expert consultant for several national and international bodies and has conducted several scientific missions in the Indian Ocean islands from which he originates. Since 2010 he is head of the French organisation of participatory science Reef Check. He actively contributes to the development of innovative solutions – technological and biotechnological – dedicated to exploration, preservation and marine resources management.

OIT Team



Project manager at Ocean Innovation Tour

Graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne as environmental engineer, Julia specialized in coral studies and microplastics through her projects.
Julia is also a diving, cycling and photography enthusiast. She joins the Ocean Innovation Tour team as a first full-time employee with overwhelming enthusiasm and energy.



Project manager at Ocean Innovation Tour for Paris area

After studying English and Scandinavian literature, Sophie worked in different entities of the IKEA Group including on sustainability in transportation to reduce CO2 emissions. In 2016, she went back to University to study Sustainability to align her actions with her values !
She joins the Ocean Innovation Tour team for her end-of-study internship, adding her experience to the team already in place.



Project manager at Ocean Innovation Tour for south of France


Project manager at Ocean Innovation Tour for the West of France

Emilien is in his last year of engineering school at ENSTA Bretagne and is studying project management with a focus on robotics and computer science. In parallel with his studies, he decided to undertake an innovative electronics project requiring large investments. Sporty and always ready to surpass himself, he decided to join the Ocean Innovation Tour as a trainee to give them his help and his energy. He wants to move things forward and improve the environment.

Scientific committee

Pascale Chabanet

Pascale Chabanet

Research director at IRD, IRD correspondent at La Réunion, Mayotte and Iles Eparses

Member of the Indo-Pacific coral ecosystem biocomplexity research unit. Scientific expertise: coral reef ecology, impact study of disturbances on corals and associated fish.

Jérôme Bourjea

Jérôme Bourjea

Doctor in Biology,IFREMER Sète

Head of Mediterranean fisheries science lab, IFREMER Sète
Head of the marine turtle and biodiversity research programs in the Indian Ocean.



Dorctor Ingineer in submarine robotic

Didier Léandri is professor of University and teach robotics and mecatronics at Sea Tech High school at Toulon. He was co-director at the laboratory of complex naval systems at the University of Toulon. Didier Léandri is specailised in applied robotics and mecatronics for submersible devices as UUV ROV or UVS in hostile environment.

Stephan JORRY

Stephan JORRY

Doctor in Geology, IFREMER Brest

Marine geoscience unit. Scientific expertise: response of carbonate platforms and of adjacent deep-water systems to late Quaternary climate and sea level fluctuations in the south-west Indian Ocean (Mozambique Channel).


Plan Antsiva



Technical workshop


Dive boat

Bateau de plongée


Large modular hold


Diving equipment

Compresseurs plongée Antsiva


Sample freezing station


Hydraulic loading crane


Hold access


Work spaces


Loading gantry

  1. Tool-carrying cane
  2. Technical workshop
  3. Dive boat
  4. Large modular hold
  5. Diving equipment
  6. Sample freezing station
  7. Hydraulic loading crane
  8. Hold access
  9. Work spaces
  10. Loading gantry

They talk about us

Gwenael Jouet

Testimonial of Gwenael Jouet, sedimentology researcher at IFREMER Brest, Marine Geosciences Unit.

« Antsiva offers all the logistical means necessary to use our geophysical prospection tools and to complete our sediment sampling. It is particularly fit for work in shallow water and for acoustic measurements. Seismic and bathymetric in particular, require the following technics :

  • Ability to lift and move heavy and large equipment (>1.5T)
  • A length greater than 20 meters for simultaneous use of the EM3002 detector (bow) and the seismic Sparker (stern)
  • A draft smaller than 1.5 meters to work in very shallow water
  • Two rigid tenders are available for work at sea or on shore
  • Capacity for 8 scientists on full autonomy for 25 days
  • Ability to produce 5kVA of electricity for all geophysical acquisition systems (on top of the regular electricity consumption)
  • A length adjustable pole at the bow is available for the EM3002 probe (this was built for the needs of our mission)
  • A hydraulic loading mast and gantry are available for operating the sediment container

The crew’s technical and scientific expertise associated with the characteristics of Anstiva were a big asset for the acquisition of quality data and have no doubt contributed to the success of the mession REEFCORES-3.”

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Anne Bialeki

Testimonial of Anne Bialecki, Chemist at La Réunion university, Natural substances chemistry and food science laboratory

« The 10 days spent aboard Antsiva have allowed the sampling of a hundred samples. Thanks to his flawless knowledge of the zone, the dive sites selected with the captain all presented a very rich biodiversity. The boat offers perfect diving conditions (weather, impeccable equipment available onboard, easy access to the dive sites thanks to the reliable tenders…).,

We can undoubtedly add that the cruise conditions were extremely comfortable on this well organised and thought out boat. To give only a couple of examples: several working spaces, a large storage space for scientific equipment, large freezer (such an essential piece of equipment for us), healthy and delicious meals imagined and prepared by Anne, comfortable sleeping quarters… On top of this, one must highlight Anne and Nicolas’s sense of hospitality. They both make point of satisfying all our needs and desires.»


David Obura

Testimonial of David Obura, Director – CORDIO East Africa. dobura@cordioea.net

« The Antsiva is a 28-meter motor-sailing yacht with cruising speeds of 6-8 knots, and berth space for 8 comfortably and up to 11. With her Captain and owners, Nico and Anne, she has been based at Nosy Be in NW Madagascar for over 12 years, and has sailed the waters around northern Madagascar, Mayotte and the Comoros, with longer forays into the Iles Eparses in the Mozambique Channel and to Bazaruto, and the Seychelles :

The Antsiva is fully kitted out for diving with over 20 SCUBA tanks, two compressors, and dinghies, and its internal living space is also well-designed for computer-based work for recording data and photos. Wet-lab space for collections is on the upper decks, so is vulnerable to severe weather (fierce sun or rain). Hold-space is ample for samples and equipment. With a water-maker and full electrics Antsiva is well suited for long trips.

Antsiva fills a much-needed niche for coral reef-oriented field research. I’ve been on her 3 times, and found that her combination of amenities and the experience and interest of her crew is perfect for coral reef survey expeditions. With a full gamut of new technologies (auto-pilot linked to charts/mapping software, weather satellite downlinks, etc.) and Nico’s experience in the region and with the boat, the Antsiva is able to get to shallow and sheltered areas not accessible to larger vessels, or where Captains of institutional research vessels would never dare to try. The logistics of getting divers and equipment onto and off the dinghies, and to dive sites twice and in some cases three times a day are well-worked out, and Antsiva makes the most of opportunities by moving the yacht to the closest place possible to reduce long dinghy rides. The engineer/dinghy operator and compressor operator/yacht-hand make operations easy, and leave the scientists free to deal with their main work. I know of many other research trips that have used the vessel (sediment sampling, birds/turtles on remote islands) and highly recommend it, so Antsiva clearly has a good sense of satisfying the needs of research operations.On top of this, the food and ambiance are fantastic and relaxed, with a French flair. The boat operates in French (and Swahili with Said, the yacht-hand!), so having one fully francophone team member will be important for the logistics of a cruise. While she has focused in the NW and SW parts of the Mozambique channel there is no reason for Antsiva not to go farther afield, and she may become one of the principle expedition vessels used more broadly in the WIO.

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Participate in the adventure

Ocean Innovation Tour is a solidarity and participatory organisation where everyone can find his or her level of desired involvement.

Help us

  • You know an innovator, put us in contact.
  • You know a local community for whom our action would be beneficial, tell us about it.
  • You wish to contribute your expertise in any field linked to the sea, the environment or innovation, we need you!


  • You wish to become member of the organisation, join for 5 €
  • You wish to become partner, contact us
  • You wish to come onboard for a mission, let us talk about it!


Submit your project

Are you developing an innovating technology addressing ocean sustainability? We can support you and help you finalise your project.

We prioritize projects addressing the following subjects:

  • Energy (production and storage)
  • Biology (marine biology, water chemistry)
  • Underwater instrumentation (connected objects, robots, miniaturisation)
  • Environment (monitoring, decontamination, imaging)

Contact us in any case as we are open to other subjects as well.

Espaces de travail
You will board for a tailored R&D mission
Benefiting from equipment and services of the Antsiva
Benefiting from a methodological support
Contributing to our local impact actions
We will open our door to
Our academic network
Our media network
Our innovators network
We will support your financially
R&D financing
Money raising with our external partners
Donation from the Ocean Innovation Tour fund

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