As state-of-the-art infrastructure, with more than 1,700 square meters of multi-functional floor space, the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo intends to significantly improve opportunities to conduct marine research in the tropical Northeast Atlantic and the West African region.
A central component of the OSCM is a drive-through hall in which large marine scientific equipment such as deep-sea robots and manned submersibles can be serviced. Connected to the two-storey hall, the OSCM offers an electronics and a mechanics workshop, two multi-purpose laboratories and a wet laboratory as well as storage rooms for equipment, samples and chemicals.
A further building wing comprises guest offices, conference rooms and social rooms. A large corridor at the main entrance allows for poster exhibitions and receptions. WLAN is accessible throughout the building. Furthermore, the OSCM provides space to set up containers both outside and inside the building. The production of liquid nitrogen is an additional asset. A dedicated team of scientists and technicians from both Cape Verde and Germany will assist guest scientists in the planning and execution of research campaigns and ensure for a successful stay of scientists that want to take advantage of this new facility.