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HAROLD HALES ATLANTIC CHALLENGE TROPHY

 

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In 1935 Harold Hales MP, commissioned a trophy to formalize the Atlantic Blue Ribband Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hales Trophy was awarded for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a passenger ship.

 

The trophy stands on a basis of carved green onyx, with an enameled blue ribbon encircling the middle, and decorated with models of galleons, modern ocean liners and statues of Neptune and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea. It is surmounted by a figure depicting speed pushing a three-stacked (funneled) ocean liner against a figure symbolizing the forces of the Atlantic ocean. Prior to 1935 and Harold Hales MP, there was no formal trophy to celebrate the speed increases of ships across the Atlantic. The trophy was crafted in solid silver, then heavy gilded, to Mr Hale's specifications, weighing around 100 pounds when complete.

 

In those days ocean liners burned coal, literally shoveled into huge boilers by human stokers from giant coal bunkers behind them, as you may have seen in the film Titanic. The boilers powered reciprocating steam engines and turbines, coining the phrase: bunker fuel. From coal bunkers.

 

 

 

The Blue Ribband - Hales Trophy

 

 

 

The term 'bunker fuel' now refers more commonly to heavy diesel oil, and any bulk supply of fuel for blue water transportation. Thus hydrogen, liquid hydrogen, ammonia and methanol used for ships, are bunker fuels.

 

The change to heavy diesel oils did away with the need for men to stoke the boilers with coal. Instead, pumps inject the diesel fuel oil into massive reciprocating, piston engines, replacing the steam turbines in most of the Blue Ribband ocean liners. A bygone age, partly responsible for acid oceans and climate change.

 

Due to ocean and atmospheric pollution from dirty fossil fuels, belching harmful particulates and sulphur, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set clean air targets for shipping in 2030, 2040, 2050. With 100%, or zero emissions being the target for the year 2100. Heralding the new age of Zero Emission Waterborne Transport (ZEWT) ships.

 

The problem for the shipping industry at the moment is that no replacement fuel system is a clear winner, over another. Understandably, stakeholders are waiting to identify what to invest in. This includes ports, who must then provide the infrastructure to fuel international trade.

 

The resulting confusion is slowing the adoption of new technology, where investment in cargo ships is depreciated over 20 years. Hence, fleet operators cannot afford to make a mistake and invest in the wrong technology, or face financial ruin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie: The Card - starring Alec Guinness 1952

 

 

THE CARD: In 1952, the life of Harold Hales was adapted to a film starring Alec Guinness.

 

 

 

 

 

The JVH2 is a low 'carbon-footprint,' or green event, when compared to sailing races such as the America's Cup costing hundreds of $millions of dollars to host. Though such events have undeniably improved our knowledge of extreme (now) foil based hulls and sail technology. Foil technology may not be applied to ocean transport with hulls some 400 meters long. However, sail assisted ships hold some promise.

 

Whereas the object of the Formula Hydrogen - World Challenge, is to help identify a fuel system that is economically practical and sustainable. Being based on the production of green hydrogen from solar farms and wind turbine generated, renewable electricity.

 

Hydrogen is the feed stock for LH2, ammonia and methanol, or even peroxide. All stemming from electrolyzers, one of the fastest growing industries in Europe, under the leadership of Commissioner Von der-Leyen.

 

One way to prove a fuel system is to circle the globe in under 80 days. Showing that it can be done - and it works.

 

 

 

 

 

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