1st Voyage

This boat was built by students at IES Eusebio Barreto, from La Palma island (Canary Islands). The action is running under support of the iFADO project (Interreg Atlantic Program) and led in the Canary Islands by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN).

Pictured here is the boat with the Headmaster and Teachers before it was decorated by students.

This is the 5th miniboat from iFADO project to be launched, and the second iFADO miniboat from the Canary Islands.

  • June 3, 2022 - Launched off La Palma

    The boat was launched on June 3, 2022 from la Palma, the island that suffered the volcano eruption for 85 days beginning on the 13th of September 2021. PLOCAN has been involved in scientific research around the volcano.

  • August 4, 2022 - Seeking assistance to recover uncrewed miniboat in Guadeloupe

    The iFADOII (buche salado) miniboat made a two month journey from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe and is awaiting recovery.


    Miniboat last reported at 16.221871376038, -61.390914916992 from Port de Pêche in Saint Anne, Guadeloupe. Has it been recovered? If you have any information or can assist, please contact us.

    The miniboat named “iFADOII” is part of an educational and science project named iFADO project (Interreg Atlantic Program) and led in the Canary Islands by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). It was built with students at IES Eusebio Barreto and launched on June 3, 2022 from la Palma. It has traveled 5,055 km to Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe.

    Students and participants involved in the project are seeking assistance to recover the boat if it is safe and possible to do so. The students would also like to see any pictures and videos that are possible so they can learn more about where the boat landed or was recovered. To the right is a picture of the boat before it was launched for reference.

    If the boat can be recovered we suggest that it be brought to a nearby school or science center, so the learning can continue. We invite you to read above for the full story.

    Please contact Educational Passages for more information and if you know anyone that can assist with recovery.

    It is an uncrewed vessel, like a message in a bottle. Thank you!

    To learn more about PLOCAN’s participation in this activity, please visit https://www.plocan.eu/en/sesion-divulgativa-sobre-botes-educativos-y-cultura-oceanica-en-el-programa-de-conferencias-networking-fridays-2/.

  • August 17, 2022 - Hull recovered

    We received news on August 17, 2022 that the boat had been recovered, but the picture shows only the hull was found! The next day, the GPS was still reporting from the pier so the deck may still be there.

    The hull (and hopefully the deck if it can also be recovered) will visit a nearby school and we will connect classrooms when school starts in September.

    We want to thank Jake Levenson for connecting us with Nicolas Paranthoen from the Office National des Forêts who connected us with Gaelle Jamet who recovered the hull! Also thanks to everyone else that was connected with and who helped get the word out.

This is the 2nd miniboat from PLOCAN to be built and launched in collaboration with the iFADO Project (Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean).