#HORIZON EU MISSIONS
THE ELIZABETH SWANN - OUR MISSION:
"Construction of a long range vessel with the objective of demonstrating Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean, and Mediterranean sea crossings, by way of a world navigation in under 80 days fuelled by hydrogen or hydrogen compounds. To be implemented in stages, Mediterranean and Atlantic as initial demonstrations. Proving long haul, blue water operation, to rival diesel bunker fuel fleets."
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At time of writing, there is no speed record for hydrogen boats or ships, by way of a timed circumnavigation. Nobody has proved that it might be possible to travel the great oceans using renewable energy, at commercial speeds. Our project is thus a practical demonstration event, apart from being a race against time. And, beating global warming, is a race against time. As they say: "Tempus Fugit" (Time Flies).
In creating an event, a race, we hope to raise awareness of these issues. The Elizabeth Swann has been designed and is presently being developed to be the World's Fastest Hydrogen Powered Ship, or boat if you prefer. The project is 'youth' led. The project lead is a local engineering student, who is also a UNA Climate and Oceans Ambassador, from 2022.
The proposed "action" shows that it is possible to "prevent'" or even "eliminate" pollution of inland waterways, seas and oceans. In the long term. Provided that we get the message across to all kinds of operators of waterborne transport. Ferry operators, cruise liners and cargo ships. Mainly, fleet operators, who are at the moment, disillusioned as what technology to adopt in order to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets.
The Foundation aims to increase public awareness, hence ocean literacy, via a creative campaign to feature the Elizabeth Swann as a high-tech hydrogen ship, beginning with Kulo Luna. Kulo-Luna is a story about a humpback whale that has ingested plastic garbage and gets entangled in ghost fishing gear, rescued by the Captain of a zero emission ship, or ZEWT.
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YOUTH LEAD: NOVEMBER 2023 - Continuous rain in Sussex, England had our workshop flooded out, and then a storm came along to cause a lot more problems. Roof repairs were effected, with other building repairs ongoing. Finally, we got the jig for assembling the 1:20 model into position, with welding and other equipment to hand. Our engineering student is on the case. Next port of call is modifying the jig, to take larger diameter hulls. The proof of concept model has also grown in length. Our engineering student is seen here, getting things together. He was a speaker at the Bexhill Ocean Symposium on the 18th. The design advanced quite a bit in 2023, as you will see in 2024.
Not science fiction, though inspired by Jules Verne, this is a project aiming to travel Around the World in under 80 Days, with a build up of events to a stage where development is proven on shorter jouneys. That is an expedition we are planning as an example entry to the World Hydrogen Challenge. Hydrogen powered vessels can be fast and have significant range. We are calling the Formula Hydrogen, and it could be the F1 of offshore boating, and a spectacular event. If it is possible to complete the build of the Elizabeth Swann above by 2024, it will be in time for the 150th anniversary of Jules's prediction in 1874: The Mysterious Island. This model is on display at a Museum in Sussex, England. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation is the proud keeper of this and other interesting exhibits.
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