A M P H I M A X - S A R G A S S O™
BEACH LAUNCH & RECOVERY SYSTEM - The above is a 1:20 scale beach launcher and recovery, amphibious vehicle, to support the SeaVax-Sargasso™ sargassum harvesting machines. This is a working proof of concept working model. This hydraulically operated tracks on this machine can easily haul 150 tons out of the Caribbean Sea. The model is electrically propelled. The full size machine could be diesel in the short term, or other IC engines running on methanol. In the long term, we'd suggest electro-hydraulic drives, operating from renewables.
These machines also need to be economical to purchase and operate. They are only necessary where an island does not have a convenient harbour or marina, from which to service and unload harvested seaweed.
The AmphiMax-Sargasso™ is a beach launcher and recovery system based on an amphibious chassis, designed to service SeaVax-Sargasso™ ocean combined harvesters - as the larger fleet controlled drone, for heading off the bulk of break-away seaweed from the Sargasso Sea. The SeaVax-Calypso™ is the smaller inshore vessel designed for island patrols on a more independent basis, by the islanders themselves. The SeaVax-Calypso would operate with the AmphiMax-Calypso™. Music to the ears of Caribbean islanders, if not for the manifold funding and political complications; uncertainties abound.
The SeaVax-Sargasso would work with the AmphMax-Sargasso™ floating dock, where annual servicing of significant fleets may otherwise strain traditional ports and harbour facilities. In addition, SeaVax machines can be fabricated and assembled using AmphiMax vehicles. Should islanders wish to consider manufacturing such machines themselves. If that proved to be an option, using AmphiMax as a production facility would considerably reduce the clean beaches price tag. Funding proved to be the Achilles heel of the original SeaVax project from 2015-2020, when most reluctantly the plug was pulled - and the dream team disbanded - to save the Foundation.
Since then, despite lobbying to the yin-yang, nobody has come up with a workable proposal to deal with ocean pollution en-masse. Plastic or sargassum. And plastic continues to pour into the ocean at ever increasing rates, Demonstrating that current policies are unworkable.
Where the Cleaner Ocean Foundation is a not for profit organization, islanders might operate their local services on a for-profit basis, with the Foundation providing technical and IP assistance.
The Caribbean Sea, including the Gulf of Mexico are prone to invasion by sargassum, the brown macro algae, or seaweed, now building year on year, spoiling the once pristine beaches of (even) the Virgin Islands, once billed as the US paradise. And it is a situation that is likely to remain for many years, as the sea levels continue to rise, from climate change, while United Nation's persuasions are slowly making inroads into global warming and fossil fuels use, Australia, China, India and Russia would not agree to limit coal use at FLOP 26.
Unfortunately, change is at a snails pace - as the super powers engage in Economic Warfare, and in the case of Vladimir Putin, criminal aggressions - which is why scientists say we will be unable to prevent the only planet we have warming by 2.7 degrees, rather than the target 1.5 degrees of the Paris Agreement in 2015. But then they don't have sargassum and rising sea levels to threaten their existence, in what many are calling Ecocide, the island version of Genocide.
SARGASSUM: Represents an immediate threat to the economics of the Caribbean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and African West Coast, but is also a potential asset if it can be economically harvested and used for, among other things, fertilizer for agriculture: where there is a world shortage.
SECURITY: RAMPANT FERTILIZER INFLATION - Officials at the United Nations
are stepping up warnings about the mounting crisis for fertilizers — an essential substance to boost soil fertility
— as vulnerable countries in areas such as Africa grapple with prices that have soared by 300 percent since Russia's war in Ukraine began.
In 2021, Russia was the world’s top exporter of nitrogen fertilizers and the second-largest supplier of both potassic and phosphorous fertilizers, according to the
U.N. Food and Agriculture
Russia and Belarus had provided about 40% of the world’s exports of potash. Russia also exported 11% of the world’s urea, and 48% of the ammonium nitrate. Russia and Ukraine together export 28% of fertilizers made from nitrogen and phosphorous, as well as potassium according to Morgan Stanley.
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