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Octopus Mega-Yacht in Surigao 10 months 4 weeks ago #1407

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Octopus, a 414 foot (126 m) mega-yacht owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is visiting the harbor city of Surigao. This is only the second time the yacht has visited the Philippines. Octopus has in fact chosen Surigao City as her port of entry in the Philippines.

Octopus was once the world’s largest yacht and set a trend for multibillionaires to be owning behemoth vessels.
Known in the boating circles as still the world’s most recognizable yacht, Octopus has the amenities and providence that make her unique amongst mega-yachts. Since being launched in 2003, Octopus is regularly lent out for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions.

She has a swimming pool, two helidecks, a movie theatre, seven smaller boats or tenders, and two submersibles. One is actually a fully capable submarine that can carry passengers to 300 meters depths. The other submersible is a remotely operated vehicle and is able to dive to 3,000 meters underwater.

Octopus mapped 380 square miles of Ironbottom Sound in Guadalcanal in January 2015, and identified 29 wreck locations, 7 wreck debris fields, and several possible plane locations. Her crew discovered the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Musashi in March 2015 in the Romblon sea. In August 2015 the vessel recovered the bell of the HMS Hood after obtaining license from the UK Ministry of Defense. Octopus deployed an autonomous underwater vehicle and mapped 630 square kilometers of seabed around Malta in September 2015.

She will be joining her sister vessel, RV (Research Vessel) Petrel who is currently stationed in Surigao City. RV Petrel started the exploration of WWII wrecks in Surigao Strait and Ormoc Bay last November 2017. RV Petrel is working with the Battle of Surigao Strait Museum under a permit by the National Museum to explore wrecks in Surigao and around the country.

Seen to boost Surigao City’s image as a choice port of destination of the eastern seaboard of the Philippines, the local government of Surigao and the port authorities are securing every detail of the visit. City officials and the private sector are also working to improve waterways and docks to attract more cruise liners, sailboats, and megayachts like Octopus to use Surigao as the first port of entry. On December 2017, another famous megayacht, Ulysses, passed through Surigao City.

Almost 500 years ago, on March 1521, Ferdinand Magellan and his ships once passed by Surigao on their way to circumnavigating the world.
- Surigao City Tourism Office
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