VERSATILE BOAT SERVICING - The SeaVax is seen here onboard the AmphiMax proof of concept 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 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.
Being amphibious an AmphiMax can present a low profile if anchored semi-submerged offshore.
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 of 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 H2020 application was on a reserved list and that the availability of funds was limited.
At the time of writing (28-6-17) SeaVax has received no government backing or corporate sponsorship. The Cleaner Ocean Foundation needs to raise around $400k dollars for 2017 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 will 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, then the project could afford to employ full time staff and move into top gear.
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.
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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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