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Ancient map of the seven seas, to sail


The Cleaner Ocean Foundation works to help protect the "seven seas" from pollution and the effects of anthropogenic global warming.



The Cleaner Ocean Foundation (COF) is a small organization dedicated to keeping the seven seas as healthy as it can reasonably be, by floating ideas and developing concepts designed to influence policy makers and prominent international players.


COF headquarters is located just outside the village of Herstmonceux in Sussex, about 8 miles from the coast, with in-house workshops for model build and testing, a robotics laboratory, and facilities on the South Coast, English Channel near Eastbourne, for event ceremonies and as a base during any pre-attempt trials, fitting out, etc.


The expertise of COF consists of two skilled boat builders, one of which is a naval architect, and another welder fabricator. They also have a CAD jockey and IP man, who manages special projects, this is apart from their directors (trustees) and admin staff.




HQ: Tucked away quietly in a private park in the Sussex countryside, this is the Cleaner Ocean Foundation's very modest base of operations from the outside.




WORKSHOPS: We have three workshops and a flat concrete area for the fabrication of boats and parts. This is the metal working shop, where small cars had previously been hand constructed from scratch, two electric.



Students working in 2017, to turn chaos into order


ROBOT LAB: We needed a clean working environment to work on electronics and to further develop working models of autonomous vessels. What you see on the left is now our robot lab - seen below.




FROM THIS: Students and volunteers pitched in to prepare the ground works, to install concrete footings with DPC for decking, to be able to get from the robot lab (now visible in the background) to the test tank in comfort during winter testing. It was a bit of a quagmire.




TO THIS: The concrete footings installed and level, so that joists could be fixed to the wall plates. Drainage was important in case of flooding if the sluice gate leaked on in case of accidents.




TO THIS: The decking is fitted to the joists. Then we needed a roof. You can see the SeaVax in the background, with temporary polythene sheeting that is all keeping the elements out at this stage. Now there is laminated glass and a roof over the decking.




THE LAB: The robotics laboratory roofed and dry with power and lighting to enable further development of scale models used for testing, without taking workshop space that is used for constructing full size components.




FROM THIS: It was a courtyard set into a hillside, previously used by the RAF during WWII for radio transmissions, alongside a bomb shelter. The main building was a makeshift hospital for wounded airmen during hostilities.




TO THIS WATER BASIN - The test tank and plumbing expert, (resting on his laurels). Water from this basin is pumped into the underground holding tank, seen below. by this means we can service the testing equipment and set up new experiments quickly.




UNDERGROUND - Water storage tank for transfers to and from the water basin seen above. This means we recycle water, each time passing through a filter via pumps.



Water test tank and wind machines


LIGHTING - The compact unit re-circulates water using vanes that are put into the tank for drag and wave tests. The tank can be emptied and refilled in forty minutes. Twenty minutes for each transfer to and from the underground holding tank. This unit is ideal for low cost conceptualization, before detailed CFD, or other development.




NEWHAVEN - Is a local harbour that offers shelter and provisioning for work and pleasure boats, just a few miles along the coast from Eastbourne.




EASTBOURNE - We have an arrangement where we can use the facilities on this beach for hosting events, including workshop facilities. This is a few miles further east along the English Channel, from Newhaven.




NORMAN'S BAY - This is another potential site offering longer term mooring, during trials. You can see Eastbourne in the distance. The Southern Queen pleasure cruiser was launched near here.




HASTINGS - Even further east, we have the largest beach launched fishing fleet in the world. Together, these facilities give the Elizabeth Swann team many options during development and trials in the lead up to a Channel Crossing. Eastbourne also has the Sovereign Harbour, where the inner marina facilities are not accessible, but where the outer harbour can accommodate the Swann.



Red Sky At Night, Shepherd's Delight


The red sky at night in Sussex, the pergola above the test tank.




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