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Brand new flights into Marsa Alam & reduced transfer times in the Red Sea – now available!



UK-based Tour Operator blue o two aim to make their guests’ liveaboard experience even better so next year, they are delighted to announce that guests will now be able to fly directly into Marsa Alam to join their flagship vessel M/Y blue Horizon at her southern departure point in Port Ghalib. What better way to start a southern Red Sea liveaboard experience?

This new flight option from blue o two will help to reduce transfer times down to the south by almost four hours; Port Ghalib is situated just a short 10-15 minute drive away from Marsa Alam airport. Accessing those spectacular southern Red Sea itineraries aboard M/Y blue Horizon has never been easier.

Photo: Dray van Beeck

Direct flights into Marsa Alam will be offered from April 2018 onwards including a fantastic new departure airport option with Birmingham in the summer months; this is a great central airport with fantastic amenities, easily accessible from both the south and north of the UK.

The new programme for M/Y blue Horizon also includes a range of departure days and the 2018 schedule is as follows:

Winter Schedule

  • 5th – 19th April 2018 – Trips aboard M/Y blue Horizon will depart on a Thursday from Port Ghalib

The following direct flights will be available on a Thursday:

  • London Gatwick (LGW) to Marsa Alam (RMF)

(Flights from MAN may be available into HRG if preferred, but transfer time to Port Ghalib will take approx. 4 hours and a flight/transfer supplement may also apply)

Summer Schedule

  • 30th April – 22nd October 2018 – Trips aboard M/Y blue Horizon will depart on a Monday from Port Ghalib

The following direct flights will be available on a Monday:

  • Birmingham (BHX) to Marsa Alam (RMF)

(Flights from LGW, MAN and NCL may be available into HRG if preferred, but transfer time to Port Ghalib will take approx. 4 hours and a flight/transfer supplement may also apply)

To ensure that the same superb experience that guests have come to know and love is delivered, the new flights into Marsa Alam will still include the VISA Meet & Greet service, plus transfers into Port Ghalib. Guests will also receive Last Day Hotel Use at The Marina Lodge in Port Ghalib, including access to the beach, pool and luggage storage to help bring your holiday with blue o two to a perfect conclusion before a short transfer back to the airport.

Photo: Dray van Beeck

Over the years, blue o two have always endeavoured to listen to feedback from guests, and they are confident that the brand new Marsa Alam flights, significantly reduced transfer times and departure airport options will allow their divers to enjoy yet another level of improved and diverse service in the Egyptian Red Sea.

For full details on the brand new schedule for 2018, please contact blue o two’s travel team on +44 (0) 1752 480 808 or, or visit

Marine Life & Conservation

BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – Deep-Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler



A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

Deep Sea Stories From a Shadow Diver: a conversation with Richie Kohler. 

This episode of the Blue Earth Podcast is a conversation with Richie Kohler. He’s an explorer, technical wreck diver, shipwreck historian, filmmaker, and author.

Richie was featured in Robert Kurson’s incredible book “Shadow Divers ”. It’s a thrilling true story about Richie and John Chatterton’s quest to identify the wreck of an unknown WWII German U-boat (submarine), 65 miles off the coast of New Jersey. They dedicated six years of their lives attempting to identify the wreck.

Richie has travelled the world and explored many deep wrecks, including the Andrea Doria, Titanic, and Britannic. He’s the author of “Mystery of The Last Olympian” about the Britannic.

Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.

You can find more episodes and information at and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.

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Marine Life & Conservation

New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?



A better future for our seas is still beyond the horizon, says Marine Conservation Society

The UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act, the first legislation of its kind in nearly 40 years, will shape how the UK’s seas are fished for years to come.

The Marine Conservation Society, which campaigned for amendments to the legislation throughout its development, is disappointed by the removal of key sustainability amendments and by the removal of a commitment to rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring.

The charity has committed to pushing the UK Government to go further than the framework which the Fisheries Act sets out, with greater ambition for the state of UK seas.

Sandy Luk, Chief Executive of the Marine Conservation Society said: “UK Government and devolved administrations must act urgently to deliver climate and nature smart fisheries under the new Fisheries Act. This is a key condition if our seas are to recover to good health. The UK Government removed key amendments from the legislation while making promises on sustainability and the introduction of remote electronic monitoring. We will continue to hold the government to account over these promises.”

“I’m pleased to see the recognition of the important role fisheries play in our fight against the climate emergency.  However, even with a climate change objective in the Act, actions speak louder than words. We must get to work delivering sustainable fisheries management, which will have a huge benefit to our seas, wildlife and the communities which depend upon them.”

The Fisheries Act has become law against a backdrop of the ocean’s declining health. UK waters are currently failing to meet 11 out of 15 indicators of good ocean health and over a third of fish in UK waters are being caught at levels which cannot continue into the future. Whilst the legislation failed to address some of the more pressing issues facing UK seas, including overfishing, there is still an opportunity to affect change in the years which follow.

Sam Stone, Head of Fisheries at the Marine Conservation Society said: “The Fisheries Act marks the start of a new era of fisheries management in the UK, but the next two years will be critical in defining what this looks like. The new Act has some good objectives, but we now need to come together to make sure it really delivers the on-water change that is desperately needed for ocean recovery.

“There is genuine opportunity to create fisheries that deliver for coastal communities and for the environment, but it means moving away from ‘business-as-usual’. The UK and devolved governments now have the powers to move forward with progressive new management in their waters. That means proper incentives for low impact fishing, proper monitoring of catches and proper commitments to sustainable fishing.

“In the short term, the four nations must work together to make impactful changes, starting by addressing the UK’s most at risk fish stocks. Recovery plans are needed for our depleted stocks, including new catch limits, selectivity and avoidance measures, protection of vital habitats and fully documented catches. Rolling out Remote Electronic Monitoring with cameras on larger vessels throughout the UK should be top of the agenda if future policy is to be as well informed as possible.”

For more information about the Fisheries Bill and the Marine Conservation Society’s work, visit the charity’s website.

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