VERSATILE BOAT SERVICING - The SeaVax is seen here onboard the AmphiMax proof of concept launch model, before the cradles or swivel axle mounts were fitted. Thanks to generous crowd funding from Avaaz, the SeaVax project now has its own robot lab dedicated to developing the concept.
WHAT IS AMPHIMAX?
AmphiMax is a 'low budget' portable boatyard, launch and recovery vehicle all in one. It is also a navigable amphibious vehicle, meaning that it can follow, or even advance relocate, to rendezvous with any SeaVax fleet.
The AmphiMax is also a production jig, specifically designed for the rapid assembly of SeaVax hull components - so that the separately manufactured sub-assemblies line up accurately ready for joining.
This agricultural/aquacultural service vehicle will allow the Foundation to build and launch SeaVax fishing and ocean conditioning vessels cost effectively anywhere in the world, doing away with the need for a shipyard and the high overheads that entails.
Being amphibious an AmphiMax can present a low profile if anchored semi-submerged offshore to remain unobtrusive in nature sensitive areas, should that be a concern. In most cases that is not an issue.
In terms of blue growth AmphiMax is an enabling platform in that it makes it cost effective to operate fleets of fishing boats or ocean conditioning vessels on almost any stretch of shoreline, anywhere in the world.
In days gone by sheltered harbours and ports were needed for fishermen to operate, except for the few beach launched fleets like those at Hastings in the United Kingdom and Ngawi in New Zealand - where beach launching and recovery has been mechanized.
BEACH LAUNCHED FISHING BOATS
Beach launching is a far more cost effective way of operating a fishing boat and can relocate to new fisheries locations without major upheaval - to go where the fish are, not to spend gallons of marine diesel getting to the fishing ground.
OIL SPILL EMERGENCY SERVICES
When it comes to oil spills, SeaVax vessels could remain on station at specific hotspots, such as the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Guinea (west [ivory] coast of Africa), Australia's Gold Coast or the Mediterranean Sea from Tripoli to Alexandria.
SPONSORS & FUNDING HISTORY
The speed of development of any concept depends on the amount of money that is available for such a project.
From 2015 to 2016 the project was sponsored by the directors of Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd to the tune of £130,000 pounds. From 2016 to 2017 the project progressed significantly with crowd funding via Avaaz with significantly more backing to push the project on.
In February 2017 the Cleaner Oceans Foundation applied for H2020 funding asking for around €1.5m euros over three years to produce a quarter scale working prototype - and in May of 2017 the COF took over management of the SeaVax project. In June 2017 the European Commission advised that the 2017 H2020 application was on a reserved list and that the availability of funds was limited.
Bluebird Marines Systems did not find out about the Horizon 2020 call H2020-BG-2016-2017 (see details below) in time to make an application and would not in any event have been eligible as an SME without a trading track record. Hence, there would have been no incentive to apply given the financial risks inherent in being under-funded.
The situation has improved in that with the Cleaner Ocean Foundation leading AmphiMax development, funding incentives may reach a level where such an application could be seen as a reasonable use of resources, provided that funding levels are sufficient to warrant the risk of undertaking such an enterprise.
At the time of writing (19-8-17) SeaVax has received no government backing or corporate sponsorship. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation needs to raise around $400k dollars for 2017 into 2018 to keep up research momentum at the current pace, and run an ocean awareness campaign. This sum will not pay for SeaVax to be built but it will lay the groundwork in terms of continued development, with the ocean literacy campaign likely to help the project to generate additional funding for 2018.
We need to raise at least $3 million dollars to put a full size SeaVax in the water in a moderate timescale. If we had between $ 5-7 five to seven million dollars to rely on for the project this would have the effect of accelerating development with additional part time engineers and additional facilities - and so reduce the time for launch of any prototype. If it were possible to raise $10 ten million dollars or more, then the project could afford to employ full time engineers and other staff and move into top gear.
TESTING - The SeaVax is seen here in the part-completed test tank in July of 2016. Since that time the facilities for experiments have been improved to include a new floor to eliminate leaks and a covered passage between the robot laboratory where the development models are made.
STANDBY MODE SEPT 2017 >>>>>>>
Until such time as fresh funding allows for the acceleration of the SeaVax project, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation (via its volunteers and associates) will continue to work on the project as far as is possible by carrying out AmphiMax launch simulations and other robotic development.
ASSOCIATES & SPONSORS
Our existing associates have agreed to continue to support the SeaVax project for at least another two years, or until funding is secured for the build of the prototype mobile dockyard and SeaVax.
Our associates include:
1. Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd. (R&D)
2. Blueplanet Universal Holdings Ltd. (IP licensing, issue, transfers and negotiations)
3. Solar Cola Ltd. (Internet marketing)
Our sponsors include:
1. Our volunteers
2. L. P. H. Trust (Facilities)
COF continues to scout and negotiate for suitable assembly/launch sites where there are some areas in the UK now offering incentives for marine development.
HORIZON 2020 CALL MISSED DEADLINE FEBRUARY 2017
TOPIC : High value-added specialised vessel concepts enabling more efficient servicing of emerging coastal and offshore activities
- Specific Challenge:
SPILLS - The Jiyeh Power Station oil spill is an environmental disaster caused by the release of heavy fuel oil into the eastern Mediterranean after storage tanks at the thermal power station in
Jiyeh, Lebanon, 30 km (19 mi) south of Beirut, were bombed by the Israeli Air force on July 14 and July 15, 2006 during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. The plant's damaged tanks leaked up to 30,000 tonnes of oil into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, A 10 km wide oil slick covered 170 km of coastline, and threatened Turkey and Cyprus. The slick killed fish, threatened the habitat of endangered green sea turtles, and potentially increased the risk of cancer.
PLEASE HELP US IF YOU CAN
If you or your organization can help us with this important research please get in touch. We would welcome the opportunity to work with those involved in the plastics industry or those who use plastic in their packaging and might like to offset any negatives from their activities with positive research that is likely to offer stability in the future and greater confidence from their customers, suppliers and/or shareholders.
All communications will be treated in strict confidence unless by prior arrangement.
LINKS & REFERENCE
MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
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