POLLUTION IS CHOKING OUR OCEANS: Plastic waste kills marine life and
wild fish stocks. Our techies are pioneering what we believe to be the quickest potential
Solution (5-10 years) based on a proven filtration principle that many
of you use every week to clean your carpets, coupled with other industrial
bulk collection methods. Imagine then a giant vacuum that sweeps clean water and help us achieve the additional support to develop
the Sea + Vax concept into a fully workable ocean tune up system.
The planet needs healthier oceans to be able to feed a growing population
into 2050, when informed estimates put human occupation at 9 billion
JULY 2018 - The test tank we built while developing SeaVax took another leap forward with the fabrication of the powered lifting and lowering mechanism for the wheeled carriage that takes the SeaVax proof of concept model out into the middle of the water basin. Chris Close inspects his efforts after lifting the rather heavy assembly into position. Two men just about coped with a lot of grunting - there's a lot of steel in the mechanism. Copyright © photograph July 15 2018. All rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture except for educational use in school and colleges or for private research.
OCEAN CLEANING RIG - The SeaVax ocean (plastic) cleaning vessel is seen here on an AmphiMax beach launcher. With this rig it is possible to launch and recover (service) a SeaVax (fleet) from almost any beach, anywhere in the world. Around 360 SeaVax would be needed to keep plastic build up in our oceans at bay - using all bells and whistles technology - that is available today but has not yet been adapted to this challenge. The benefits for mankind could be enormous in terms of food security and marine life conservation. Additional SeaVax and RiverVax could help speed up ocean regeneration. Copyright © photograph 25 June 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation. All rights reserved.
AMPHIMAX DEVELOPMENT JUNE 2018: Back from the European Maritime Day, our volunteers got stuck in designing and assembling heavier duty swing axles for this unique boat launch and recovery system. The vehicle is seen here fitted with 16 x 270 motors with an output of 125rpm, to be used for handling trials. When it comes to beach hauling grunt, we'll be fitting 16 x 540 motors with an output rpm of 22. Meaning that any slope may be tackled and the limiting factor is the traction available on a sand or beach medium. Copyright photograph © Cleaner Ocean Foundation 23 June 2018. All rights reserved.
BIG PROBLEMS CALL FOR BIG SOLUTIONS - With 7 billion+ of us on the planet at the moment (2017), roughly 10% percent of us, 700,000,000 million people, depend on the ocean for food. But, sustainable fish supplies may be a thing of the past if we do not act now to rid our seas of toxic plastic waste, halt over-fishing and tackle climate change. Because of this, the Blue Economy and Blue Growth are high on some political agendas. SeaVax is a versatile platform that is designed to help the world to feed itself. We hope to persuade you to help us in our mission to give the world cleaner oceans.
The problem is that as our population grows, so to does the land we occupy to live on. As the population grows we need more land to grow crops to feed ourselves and that adds to climate change which in turn poisons our oceans with acid rain and reduces the available land for agriculture. It's hardly surprising then that fish stocks are taking a nose dive, when we'll need more ocean produce to offset a reducing land area - we cannot keep cutting down rain forests - we need them to produce oxygen and soak up carbon dioxide.
The World needs an Ocean Action Plan to coordinate the efforts of member nations that in turn will benefit each other as the oceans move from one shoreline to the shores of a neighbor country. To help us develop an international strategy we need to generate sufficient funds effectively make headway, estimated to be in the region of $10 million dollars to develop a SeaVax prototype. Follow on expenses, or pledges of ongoing support should be included to cover the cost of helping contributing nations to set up fleets of ocean cleaning boats - and running them in a network or pattern that stands the best chance of regenerating our oceans.
An Action Plan will involve coordinated research, communications and operations designed to tackle marine plastic, working with other organizations to make people aware of the dangers of plastic pollution and the need to review packaging policies.
PROPOSED OCEAN ACTION PLAN IN BRIEF
An Action Plan will involve coordinated research, communications and operations designed to tackle marine plastic, working with other organizations and academics who are committed to such development, to make people aware of the dangers of plastic pollution and the need to review packaging policies.
An Ocean Action Plan will involve:
1. Developing ocean cleaning vessels and a central hub to coordinate plastic recovery missions and recycling.
2. Incorporate an awareness campaign to target young and old, to promote responsible use of plastics.
3. Lobbying Governments and Corporations for a rethink on product packaging design and recycling.
4. Collecting grants, accounting for and end of year reporting on progress to Ocean Alliance members.
5. As appropriate, winding down the Alliance and handing operations over to individual nations or other international bodies once the plastic menace is averted.
World Oceans Plastic Alliance (OPA)
Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd
Solar Studios (Solar House)
Tel/Fax: 0044 1323 831727
Email: growth @ blue-growth . org
WHAT IS OUR SOLUTION? The demonstration vessel seen below is our 'Proof of Concept' boat that has shown we can harvest plastic and other waste from the 5 garbage Gyres in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and (via third parties) recycle that waste into clean diesel fuel for shipping and new plastic products. SeaVax does not contribute to climate change, being solar powered.
Anything we can build small, we can scale up if we have more capacity. We have the in-house skills needed to get these machines made. Where we lack expertise, we work with leading academics to plug those gaps.
MONEY TALKS: We need top up funding for 2017 to go from Phase II to Phase III of our project and produce the means to construct a full size 44m (140ft) prototype ship. We can do this in stages as we develop our low cost build and launch system.
At the moment we are negotiating for a launch site. Having built a test tank and near completed our robot development lab in 2016, we need to design and record experiments, and run a series of tests on SeaVax and the launch and recovery sequence we have designed using our 1/20th scale models of the SeaVax and AmphiMax vehicles, details of which you can see on our active timetable pages. Please help us develop our international rescue plan if you can, or to tailor a local plan for your ocean or sea.
THE FUTURE OF OCEAN CLEANING - SeaVax shreds fishing nets to help stop marine mammals suffering. A modification of the SeaVax could cleanse river water without adding to climate change. This clean-tech could improve social conditions in (for example) India manyfold, by targeting hotspots and the mouth of the great river Ganges, before the water exits into the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Building a vessel this size economically represents a challenge that we think we have found a solution to. As a small entity, we cannot afford to place an order with a shipyard that would constitute an unacceptable commercial risk to us. For this reason we are starting small as constructors. That does not mean SeaVax will not be built, it just means that while funding is limited (and it always will be for a not-for-profit) we are looking for ways to stretch the money that we have and provide value to all our contributors large and small.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Typically, a boat the size of SeaVax would need to be built in a shipyard at considerable cost. With this in mind we've had to develop a modular system to eliminate the overheads that come with conventional ship building. For example, car makers do not produce all the parts for their cars, they are bought in from specialist parts suppliers. We've adopted a similar approach to outsource some components. What we need then to assemble SeaVax is the virtual shipyard we call AmphiMax.
AmphiMax is a Self Propelled Production Jig (SPPJ) that can double as a launch/recovery vehicle and portable dock. Having conceived the SPPJ we conducted a feasibility (financial) study and found that we'd recover the cost of this rig several times over in the savings made on assembling just one modular SeaVax design. As more SeaVax are assembled and launched, the savings multiply.
BACK UP - In working this plan through we've catered for periodic haul outs and other servicing such as hull cleaning and antifouling treatment. Our aim is to assemble the SeaVax for as little as possible in large numbers, so making ocean plastic cleanup operations more cost effective. Indeed, that is the key to cleaning our oceans - the economics of the solution. We also want third parties in developing regions to benefit from cleaner fishing grounds where they have the most polluted seas. The route to this happy situation, is to allow SeaVax to be built locally with quality control assurance and technical backup.
FRIDAY 29th JULY 2016 - This was a great day for the SeaVax team. Chris Close (project director), watches plastic and water being sucked into the SeaVax development model. This was an experiment in controlled conditions to prove that hydrocyclones are the way to go for small plastic particles. Without funding from Avaaz we would not have our test tank to undertake such experiments. Copyright © July 29 2016, all rights reserved. You will need the permission of Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd to reproduce many of the picture on this website except for educational use in schools, colleges, universities, or for private study or research.
HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS - MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS & ANSWERS :
1. SEAVAX AVOIDS FISH & PLANKTON - It can see ahead underwater, adjust parameters selectively to target microplastics in a plastic soup, or shut down if necessary to protect marine life, until it is safe to resume cleanup operations.
5. FACTORY SHIPS - Harvested waste might be treated at sea on dedicated vessels, then sent to factories for new products.
6. OIL RECOVERY - SeaVax ocean cleaning dustcarts could be diverted to major oil spills for emergency recovery.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - [LEFT] In these pictures we can see the hydrocyclonic water filters in action. We scattered plastic fragments onto the surface of our test tank and allowed the SeaVax to trawl slowly for a couple of minutes. You can see the plastic spinning in the twin chambers as water passes through. [RIGHT] Out of the water, we can see the solid plastic waste we have collected at the bottom of the chambers. Copyright © July 29 2016, all rights reserved. You will need permission from Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd to reproduce these photographs.
FROM THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF AVAAZ.ORG CROWD FUNDING IN JUNE 2016 WE RECEIVED A GRANT TO ACCELERATE SEAVAX DEVELOPMENT. The funds were accepted to fund core project areas to include the following core objectives:
1. Testing tanks, robotic equipment and experiments advancing the SeaVax project.
2. Efforts to raise additional required funds to build a SeaVax prototype.
3. Physical building of a SeaVax hull.
Using the funding received we completed as much of the work packages as we could before exhausting funding. SEE OUR ARCHIVES HERE.
YOU CAN'T JUST FLUSH THE OCEANS - PLASTIC WASTE IS KILLING FISH AND DROWNING MARINE MAMMALS
Our research offers a potential blue growth solution where none exists at the moment. The ocean is the 7th largest economy valued @ $24 trillion, yielding $2.5 trillion annually, but it's going downhill fast according to a WWF report published in April of 2015 - marine life has declined by 39% since 1970 - that is a 0.85% fall per year with no sign of slowing. Another report in January 2016 reveals that there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050. Using a multi-pronged attack, the trend could be reversed if we act now. See our show stand at Innovate 2015 above and follow us through 2016 into 2017 as we steer a course to production. Can you afford not to help us get a SeaVax demonstrator in the water? We will be attending European Maritime Day at Poole in May and the Marine & Coastal expo in London in October 2017, along with other venues. Attending such events is subject to funding.
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