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"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."







What is the Mission?

With a 2030 target, the EU Mission "Restore our Ocean and Waters" aims to protect and restore the health of our ocean and waters through research and innovation, citizen engagement and blue investments. The Mission’s new approach will address the ocean and waters as one and play a key role in achieving climate neutrality and restoring nature.

Cross-cutting enabling actions will support this objective, in particular broad public mobilisation and engagement and a digital ocean and water knowledge system, known as Digital Twin Ocean.

The Mission supports regional engagement and cooperation through area-based “lighthouses” in major sea/river basins: Atlantic-Arctic, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic-North Sea, and Danube-Black Sea. Mission lighthouses are sites to pilot, demonstrate, develop and deploy the Mission activities across EU seas and river basins.


What are EU Missions?

EU Missions are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver tangible results by 2030. (And 'Ambition' is our middle name.)

They will deliver impact by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens. 

EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027.



"Fossil Fuels = Greenhouse Gases"





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, confused as to what technology to adopt in order to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets. Simply because the alternative fuel choice is so wide. Hence, at the moment there is no (cost effective) clear winner. In a world of competitive transport rates.



Name of organisation 

Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd

Type of organisation 


Other type of organisation

Research & Development, experimentation and demonstration, not for profit

Type of action proposed

Citizen engagement, citizens-science, youth-led initiatives, communities of practice, ocean and water literacy, outreach, awareness raising and participatory approaches

The action contributes to the following objective or enabler

Prevent and eliminate pollution of our ocean, seas and waters

Make the sustainable blue economy carbon-neutral & circular

Public mobilization and engagement

Start date of the action

23 October 2023

End date of the action

22 October 2025

Budget allocated for the action


Basin coverage

Atlantic/Arctic coast

Website link









The EU Mission Ocean and Waters’ online Portal is a one-stop-shop for stakeholders involved and interested in implementing the Mission Ocean and Waters.

You can:

- keep track of the Mission's progress toward its objectives

- follow the actions and activities across Mission Lighthouses

- find financial and investment opportunities related to the Mission

- access the Mission library to learn about and share innovative solutions for ocean and water restoration

- engage with citizens and stakeholders through outreach, dissemination and Mission events.















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 Verne. A project aiming to travel Around the World in under 80 Days. 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. What we are calling Formula Hydrogen, 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 Jule's prediction in 1874: The Mysterious Island. As with the hydrogen car above, students will be allowed to enjoin and learn from the experience. 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.


We acknowledge and wonder at the wind-and-sail powered event that began in 1993 with a 79 day record set by Bruno Peyron in Commodore Explore, the last record being set in 2017 by Francis Joyon and IDEC, in 40 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes. On February 13 2023, the the 32-metre trimaran Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, with six crew led by Charles Caudrelier and Franck Cammason, needed to turn around to repair damage to their generator engine. By comparison, it is early days for the JVH2. The sailing record and Francis Joyon being an inspiration to us all. Though, as it becomes so much tougher to set a new sailing record, we wonder at the future of the event - we hasten to add - with fingers crossed for the daring competitors.


In July 2023, Joan Mulloy signed up for a Jules Verne Trophy attempt in 2025, joining Alexia Barrier’s all-female crew as they bid to secure the fastest lap of the planet under sail. The boat secured for their project is the current record holder that sailed as IDEC under Francis Joyon, formerly Banque Populaire.



Copyright logo JVH2 humpback whales broaching for joy

Elizabeth Swann - Jules Verne - World Hydrogen Challenge





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