CLEANER OCEAN FOUNDATION
The 'Cleaner Ocean Foundation' (COF) is a not for profit organisation with charitable objects that is dedicated to achieving its aims, two of which are ocean conservation and tackling climate change. We aim to achieve our objects in a number of ways incidental to our main ideals, via practical research into ways of filtering plastic from seawater and with our ocean awareness initiatives and by developing low carbon waterborne transport that is solar and wind powered, eliminating fossil fuels in the hope of containing global warming.
COF is also keen to promote the blue and ocean economies to help others to provide jobs for a circular economy in a changing world, provided that such exploitation is non-polluting and therefore sustainable, hence all revolving around our main conservational objectives and advocacy.
We are not supported by any Government or Non-Governmental initiatives, grants or other contributions such as the G7 Challenge or Horizon 2020 calls for proposals, mainly because we know from previous H2020 applications that these calls and challenges would most likely preclude us, or are so expensive to apply for that we could not afford to take the chance and waste our limited resources in applying. We are thus working on crowd funding stages that we will release in advance of any previous call for project funding being near to completion.
EU COOPERATION - Lolita D'Ortona is a Belgian student in the second year of her Masters Degree in bio engineering at the Université de Liège. For her final year thesis she will be undertaking robotic programming, hydraulic circuit design and stressing of a boom and mast that carries the turbine generators for a quarter scale development rig that will eventually be fitted to a coastal SeaVax vessel. Copyright photograph 9 March 2019 all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture.
We are not a registered charity, though did approach the Charity Commission to effect a registration, where it was unclear if registration was necessary. It has been confirmed by the Commission that due to our mix of ideals and operations, we would not be required to register with them, as per a formal letter of notification that we intend relying on. This may seem confusing to many would be contributors where our objectives are obviously charitable, but we do not make the rules. We cannot afford to challenge any decision by the Commission - so must accept their ruling no matter how puzzling it may seem, perhaps somewhat lacking transparency in the decision making process (our view). It is always open for the Commission to re-visit their decision, we will not however change the way we work, where we are more cost effective and direct acting than most charities as we are. Hence, offer better value to our contributors without the top-heavy overheads associated with registered charities.
MARINE BIOLOGY - Emily Hoad helped the Cleaner Ocean Foundation identify the flora and fauna that SeaVax will need to be able to identify in the English Channel for a coastal SeaVax vessel in 2020 (funds permitting). Copyright photograph 31 July 2018 all rights reserved. You will need the permission of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation to reproduce this picture.
Our objectives are United Nations agendas that we are committed to supporting as best we may. We do this by educating the public with talks on ocean waste and potential solutions, and with our hands-on research into ways of conserving the oceans using machines that filter plastic from seawater and recycle it.
We are also advocates of zero carbon shipping. We use our test tank facilities to design solar and wind powered vessels and by doing this inspire others to look at other ways of delivering goods around the world.
In relation to education, we also offer mature students placements for engineering, robotics, conservation and biology, or a mix of these subjects to provide practical experience for their final year thesis (for example). We had though to include STEM students, but this may not be practical where a few weeks limits what may be achieved.
DWINDLING FISH STOCKS - Around 10% of the world (700,000,000 million people) rely on the ocean for food, but in addition to our poor land management record, we are also polluting the seven seas with plastic that is toxic - so reducing the number and the health of the fish that we might harvest for food.
COF would like to see traditional fishing mixed with new technology, where traditional jobs are secured as a way of life for all those who have harvested from the ocean and either wish to, or need to continue to rely on the ocean for a living.
This must be balanced with exploitation of the wind and waves for energy, and research that may lead to new pharmaceuticals, mining that does not destroy natural habitats and oil production that does not involve spills that cannot be contained.
NOTE: The Cleaner Ocean Foundation operates a leading environmental affairs notice board. This website is owned and published by the educational charity. The views expressed in the articles published on this site may not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation, its trustees or its staff, but are those of the writers of those articles or persons quoted.
The Foundation is a company without share capital with charitable objects. This is confusing to some where the word 'Limited' is used. In this case the limitation applies to liability by way of a trustees guarantee in monies worth. Not having any shares the company may not be traded as other limited companies and so cannot be owned by any appointed director, who merely acts as a trustee in the administration of the charity. The model governing documents were supplied by the Charity Commission.
SOLAR POWER - This pergola is the mount for 12 PV panels that provide the energy for our water test tank experiments in relation to hull design and the SeaVax ocean regeneration concept. This kind of pure research has no end user or profit motivation, but is more of a societal challenge until such time as the technology has been demonstrated as being of positive benefit to mankind.
This website is provided on a free basis as a public information service. copyright © Cleaner Oceans Foundation Ltd (COFL) (Company No: 4674774) 2018. Solar Studios, BN271RF, United Kingdom. COFL is a charity without share capital.