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Bluebird Marine Systems: ZCC autonomous maritime energy harvesting and SNAV navigation systems.



Blue bird, flying fish


Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft  Barnes Wallace, inventor of the Dambusters bouncing bomb  Father of the Jet Engine


OUR HERITAGE: British engineers, Christopher Cockerell, Barnes Wallace and Frank Whittle - inventors of the hovercraft, bouncing bomb and jet engine. Their achievements are our compass in the quest to excel.



Bluebird Marine Systems is a conceptual design powerhouse. We look at problems that require technical solutions and then develop concepts to meet today's environmental challenges.


Bluebird Marine Systems came into being in 2013 to push the barriers of marine and automotive innovation forward in a bold crossover to new 'zero-carbon' technology or zero emission vehicles (ZCT or ZEV).


The company is looking to build the first SeaVax - a pre-production prototype to be christened the "Manta Ray," after the giant marine filter feeder, that also has wings.


After that stage is accomplished, we may then be in a position to trade, trading being the operation of an ocean cleaning service or arrangement for the sale (or production) of RiverVax or SeaVax machines for private operators.



This robot can collect plastic waste and free mammals for fishing nets







In the days before carbon fueled vessels every sailor knew that a ship had to earn its keep by design, rather than by burning coal or oil. That meant a method of capturing energy from the wind and redirecting it to his purpose - using a strong canvas fabric as sails and a huge crew to set and furl sails on clipper ships such as the famous Cutty Sark.


Today, fleet operators think of a ship as a box into which they pour fuel to earn money from taking product X from one port to another as quickly as possible. Each trip equals cash in the bank, and never mind the environment. For bean counters the idea of a return to a working hull is alien to their Excel and Sage spreadsheets. Bean counters like nice neat boxes and so do Navies.



Technology reversal = economic madness


The world economy is going backwards. Should our technology go the same way?



We knew ZCT might be perceived as disruptive by many in the maritime world and for that reason may not be well received by going concerns with a lot invested in producing existing designs. We are though looking to work with progressive concerns keen to promote sustainable transport, and the opportunities that new technology might give to the UK and other participating countries.


We drew our inspiration from many great British marine engineers such as: Fred Cooper (Saunders Roe), John Cobb, Ken Norris and Leo Villa (Bluebirds K3, K7 and Jetstar [1931-67]) and those technology heroes pictured above, who worked together in the name of radical advancement. One of our engineers was fortunate to know the late Ken Norris and helped restore the K3 with its then owner the late Paul Faulkes-Halbard in 1990.


Shipbuilding was once a mainstay of the British economy. The UK led the way with groundbreaking technology, staying one step ahead of the competition, providing solutions to problems years in advance of the need, and products stemming from those solutions. The result of the endeavors of yesteryears engineering heroes was a healthy balance of payments from exports. Today, engineers are in short supply.




The west’s leading economic think-tank on Tuesday dismissed the concept of trickle-down economics as it found that the UK economy would have been more than 20% bigger had the gap between rich and poor not widened since the 1980s.

Publishing its first clear evidence of the strong link between inequality and growth, the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development proposed higher taxes on the rich and policies aimed at improving the lot of the bottom 40% of the population, identified by Ed Miliband as the “squeezed middle”.

Trickle-down economics was a central policy for Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, with the Conservatives in the UK and the Republicans in the US confident that all groups would benefit from policies designed to weaken trade unions and encourage wealth creation.

The OECD said that the richest 10% of the population now earned 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10%, up from seven times in the 1980s. However, the result had been slower, not faster, growth.

It concluded that “income inequality has a sizeable and statistically negative impact on growth, and that re-distributive policies achieving greater equality in disposable income has no adverse growth consequences.

“Moreover, it [the data collected from the thinktank’s 34 rich country members] suggests it is inequality at the bottom of the distribution that hampers growth.”

According to the OECD, rising inequality in the two decades after 1985 shaved nine percentage points off UK growth between 1990 and 2000. The economy expanded by 40% during the 1990s and 2000s but would have grown by almost 50% had inequality not risen. Reducing income inequality in Britain to the level of France would increase growth by nearly 0.3 percentage points over a 25-year period, with a cumulated gain in GDP at the end of the period in excess of 7%.




Rising inequality is estimated to have knocked more than 10 percentage points off growth in Mexico and New Zealand, nearly nine points in the UK, Finland and Norway, and between six and seven points in the United States, Italy and Sweden. The think-tank said governments should consider rejigging tax systems to make sure wealthier individuals pay their fair share. It suggested higher top rates of income tax, scrapping tax breaks that tend to benefit higher earners and reassessing the role of all forms of taxes on property and wealth.



“These findings have relevant implications for policymakers concerned about slow growth and rising inequality,” the paper said.

“On the one hand it points to the importance of carefully assessing the potential consequences of pro-growth policies on inequality: focusing exclusively on growth and assuming that its benefits will automatically trickle down to the different segments of the population may undermine growth in the long run, in as much as inequality actually increases. On the other hand, it indicates that policies that help limiting or – ideally – reversing the long-run rise in inequality would not only make societies less unfair, but also richer.”


However, the OECD said, its research showed “it is even more important to focus on inequality at the bottom of the income distribution. Government transfers have an important role to play in guaranteeing that low-income households do not fall further back in the income distribution.”

The authors said: “It is not just poverty (ie the incomes of the lowest 10% of the population) that inhibits growth … policymakers need to be concerned about the bottom 40% more generally – including the vulnerable lower-middle classes at risk of failing to benefit from the recovery and future growth. Anti-poverty programmes will not be enough.”

Angel Gurría, the OECD’s secretary general, said: “This compelling evidence proves that addressing high and growing inequality is critical to promote strong and sustained growth and needs to be at the centre of the policy debate. Countries that promote equal opportunity for all from an early age are those that will grow and prosper.”





The UK today is struggling to remain afloat, a struggle defined by increasing borrowing with no end in sight. As a country we owed around £1.33 trillion pounds in 2014. That is 91% of our gross national product (GDP), and the debt is increasing by £121 billion pounds every year or £2.3 billion pounds a week. Like it or not this is our National Debt (ND) and economists predict a ND of 99% of GDP within four years if we do nothing about spending or imports.


The National Debt began when William III (Orange & England) engaged a syndicate of City merchants to market an issue of government debt to become the Bank of England. From there Government debt began a century-long climb, financing the Earl of Marlborough’s (John Churchill) wars against the French 1702>, wars against the North American colonial rebels 1765>, peaking in 1815 at the end of the Napoleonic Wars at over 200 percent of GDP. The Whigs made fortunes financing munitions for these wars at the expense of the ND. The ND is of course furnished by increasing taxes.


Government debt exploded again during World War I reaching 150% of GDP remaining high into World War II where it reached 1815 levels at over 200% of GDP. Debt came down to 50 percent of GDP by the 1970s and dipped to 25 percent in 1990 - a time of relative peace. There is thus a link between war and debt. The trick being to prevent World War III without increasing GDP. Unfortunately, the economic stresses of high debt appears to be a trigger to conflict - as seen in Middle East aggressions, designed to keep oil flowing to high octane economies. Adopting sustainable practices is one way of calming economies. Keep the following statistics in mind when deciding whether to invest in sustainable technology:



ND   2014

£1.46 trillion  (estimated)




ND   2013

£1.33 trillion




ND   2012 

£1.04 trillion




ND   2011

£0.91 trillion





ND   2010

£0.76 trillion




ND   2009

£0.62 trillion





ND   2008

£0.53 trillion  (banking crisis)




ND   2007

£0.44 trillion  (estimated)







We are engineering solution providers hoping to be able to contribute solutions in a negative financial climate, that might reduce the £46.5 billion defence budget, £33 billion of which is direct military expenditure on machinery and equipment that we don't need. Disruptive it may be, but we believe that ZCT is the first stage platform to sustainable (cost-effective) peacekeeping and merchant transport. ZCT will secure our position technologically for years to come, with global exports as a by product to increase the estimated £35 billion of exports to £70 billion of GDP within 7 years. Standing still with merchant or military research is actually going backwards - like our balance of payments and trade deficit.




It is our belief that we can no longer afford to keep expensive munitions suppliers ticking over making incremental design improvements at enormous expense to the taxpayer to maintain outdated methods. Especially, where our economy is in such turmoil. In our view an example of poor spending is pouring £hundreds of millions into conceptual designs for a Type 26 Combat ship of the future, or Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, where those genres are likely to be displaced in a new era of autonomous craft. There is nothing significantly different about the designs that we have seen on the drawing boards of the major military contractors that might reduce MOD operating costs. Yet we must preserve the peace effectively and cost effectively. One solution might be to continue to operate the ships we have, while we develop a sustainable alternative - and keep our fingers crossed that nobody starts a major war while we catch up. Indeed, all other navies are facing the same predicament. The first to adopt sustainable peacekeeping will have the advantage.



ENTERPRISE TO MANTA RAY: Help us take the 'Enterprise 1' proof of concept boat to the 'Manta Ray' prototype demonstrator. You can do this by joining our consortium of academic institutions and companies, by association as a sponsor, or by making a personal contribution to any future fund raising campaign.





In the UK we have within our grasp the knowledge and skills to build super-efficient ships of the future today. This is a business opportunity for the UK and collaborative partner countries that we (and they) simply cannot afford to miss. You can see from the official government projections cited below that the move to invest in efficient green and autonomous vessels is one way to achieve growth. Now is the time to move on design excellence that has been waiting in the wings to shine.


Today we are developing ships that can navigate without a crew and that need no fuel other than energy from nature. These are the developments of the future to see us sustainably through the troubled waters that the maritime industry currently faces, where air pollution is now a major issue. This is the new 'blue bird' of happiness of which Maurice Maeterlinck would commend. Indeed, this concept was discussed with the late Ken Norris (of Bluebird jet car and boat fame) though solar energy and navigation were not strictly his areas of expertise, efficiency through design was high on his agenda of which he approved.



Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd, end elevation, Autonomous robot boat       Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd, plan view of autonomous robotic ship


Project BLUEFISH ZCC: Solar powered autonomous ship (not to scale) © 2013

Development of this enabling platform and the autonomous onboard systems is led by 

Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd. In was hoped that this would be in collaboration with academia and other research organizations, but European funding rules worked to prevent that, leading the company to look overseas for development opportunities and partners. Military contracts in the UK appears to be a closed shop.





Project 'BLUEFISH ZCC' is a venture to build the 'proof of concept' vessel below (left), a ship that embodies advanced solar harvesting and where required, autonomous navigation, in an active SWASH hull to provide Zero Carbon Cruising (ZCC). By combining several areas of expertise in one cutting-edge craft, we benefit from economies of scale and deal with integration from the word go. Ships derived from this formula may solve a number of issues to do with operational costs, crewing endurance and pollution cutting. We are actively seeking additional development risk share partners and funding/contracts both locally and internationally. There is much research to be done if we are ever to see even partial transition from burning fuel onboard ships, to using the energy around us for free,



The Bluefish ZCC with 12kW wind turbines above. This is a 25 ton vessel that has a low frontal area in both air and water.  This general purpose platform can be equipped with an ROV auto release and capture pod. The total energy harvesting capacity of this design is around 67kW (90hp), giving an Energy Harvested to Displacement ratio (EH/D) of 2.68kW/ton (3.6hp/ton).  Larger versions of this format could be the emission free cargo ships of the future. The average cruising speed of this vessel will be higher from the longer hull 36m (117ft) hull on the waterline, giving a better speed/length ratio. The OAL is 40M (130ft). The sprint speed of this craft will be in the 15 knot region - dependent on active hull deployment and motors specified.  ECO-ECONOMICS: The cost of diesel fuel to operate the Combat ZCC continuously for a year is approximately: .29gals/hp x 117 x 24 x 365 = $297,226.80 (£183,393.99) In ten years that would be $2.97M (£1.83M). Fuel for thought! Consider also reduced manning levels onshore and zero casualties at sea should conflict be inevitable, reducing strain on our NHS in the aftermath. Cruel though it may be to think in terms of GDP, but keeping our sailors away from the front line and out of harms way, is a tax saving strategy. Military wives may come to support this view for keeping their men-folk safe. This does not automatically mean redundancies, but rather retraining.



All marine enquiries should be directed to:-


The Development Manager 


Solar House | BN27 1RF | UK







The concept is sound, but there are hundreds of vehicle firms developing cars and only one marine company developing an ocean cleaning vessel: us. For this reason, although we are still interested in ZEV cars to combat climate change, we had to make a tough choice: freeze vehicle development for now.


We acquired the rights to patent EV fast charge technology, in the process purchasing three historic electric vehicles to learn from. We are presently developing a city size sports car with instant battery (or fuel  cell) cartridge exchange built in - as the basis for a low cost infrastructure, by way of service stations that provide a high degree of load leveling and energy storage, that fast charging at the roadside cannot.



Tomcat Ecostar DC50, electric city sports car concept     




ECO-ECONOMICS: The Ecostar (shown above with solar panels) has a 20Kw/hr cartridge for a 200 mile range. Charging by solar power alone would take 59 hours of sunshine - or six days. Thus, if you travel less than 200 miles a week, your car could be charged free by nature, assuming reasonable weather. Now that is what we call sustainable motoring. One point eight square meters of solar panels will cost you around £130 DIY. That is the cost of 23.6 gallons of petrol, or 945 miles of IC engine motoring @ 40mpg, an average good yield. 945 miles divided by 200 miles per cartridge charge = just 4.7 weeks of free solar motoring. We think you will agree from this example that solar assistance makes a lot of sense.



Apart from improving the speed of automotive cartridge exchanges, a target is to improve the distance between exchanges by keeping vehicles light in weight and aerodynamically efficient.


We would like to establish a standard cartridge format that is universally acceptable to a majority of motor vehicle manufacturers by way of international cooperation.


Building on the above, we would like to work with energy companies to implement a prototype 'smart' service station for electric vehicles, such station to charge universal cartridges to store multiples of 3.6 megawatts and to supply cars and vans at the rate of one vehicle per minute eventually.



3.6 megawatt electric vehicle service station



All automotive enquiries should be directed to:-


The Development Manager 


Solar House | BN27 1RF | UK




Bluebird Marine Systems on Facebook  SeaVax cleaner oceans project on Twitter Linkedin address for Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd  Pininterst photographs of bluebird boats and car projects


The city of London panoramic montage of famous landmarks


Submarines, U Boats, blue fish


1914 and U Boats began stealth warfare at sea hunting in packs, making technology more important than size and finding underwater targets a prerequisite to neutralization. Wars accelerate scientific research. During the Great War, at the cost of millions of human lives.



In 1938 speed ace Sir Malcolm Campbell commissioned his second motor yacht the 'Blue Bird' - his idea of happiness on the high seas - slowing the pace down, having set the world water speed record in his K3 and K4 boats on top of his land speed record successes.



In 1940 the US Navy launched an advanced minesweeper 'Bluebird' (AMS-121), in an attempt to keep vital supply waterways clear. In 2013 unexploded WWII bombs are still being discovered. The USS Bluebird (ASR-19) submarine rescue ship was decommissioned in 1947.



1950 - After WWII navies around the world continued to invest in bigger ships and submarines without thought for the consequences to the environment. Preserving world peace is important but should be undertaken responsibly. As a result, air quality is now high on the agenda.


1959 - Donald Campbell reached 260 mph (420 km/h) in the K7 Bluebird using the latest jet engine technology, inspiring many with his pioneering drive. This was the age of gas turbines, a British invention that revolutionized air transport, making holiday makers smile.


Fifty-five years on and our engineers are developing high tech hulls for electric drives that run on solar and wind power alone. The aim being to achieve realistic speeds with a target of between 7-10 knots, 24/7 and 365 days a year. Opening a new era of zero carbon cruising.



Such performance will be ideal for (unmanned) low cost pollution free surveying and exploration where energy savings and economical operations are important if they are to be sustainable, as the transition to clean technologies takes place.


ROV, remotely operated underwater robotic vehicle


The aim is to perfect an ocean going solar powered platform with sprint capability in excess of 10+ knots without depleting the ships energy store. This will give additional capabilities to operators of, for example, autonomous ROVs. 

Predator hunter killer minisub, nuclear submarine destroyer



1988 - A patent is filed for a method of neutralizing nuclear submarines without detection using a high speed minisub. Details of the system for sinking these leviathans are never published. Most navies continue to build nuclear submarines. The titanic is found and surveyed.



We are looking to develop robotic systems collaboratively for autonomous ships, with legacy backward compatibility - and an open source policy. If you are a robotics student looking for a career in a marine environment, please get in touch.



COLREGs compliant autonomous navigation, could increase safety on the high seas if it is sufficiently cost effective, to encourage adoption generally. The ground work for effective command and control is being encouraged by competitions such as RoboBoats in the US.



Satellite communication is essential to modern 'e' navigation, helping to reduce the cost of hydrographic and other essential persistent monitoring duties. This includes GPS positional services, vessel identification and economic scientific data transfer.


Offshore wind turbines for sustainable electricity generation


Wind turbines offer economic generation of electricity for many countries, using offshore and land based wind farms. They could also be a practical means of powering ships as we hope to demonstrate as part of our longer term investment program.




 2012 - May the 4th and the Turanor Planetsolar proved that solar energy is sufficient for ships to navigate the oceans. In 2013 she completed the worlds first solar oceanographic survey.



2013 - A lack of response to the IMO call (MARPOL) for vessels to reduce harmful emissions of sulfurous gases, which fleet operators and governments left to the last minute, programs were hastily begun in the US and Europe to improve the efficiency of shipping. E Navigation is one area suggested for immediate savings - supposing that captains have been getting it wrong to now. Wave foil and wind sails are areas of renewed research.


Scout the autonomous robot Atlantic world record holder


2013 - July - October, History in the making - a group of American students launched their solar powered SCOUT boat, a 13ft pioneering autonomous robot designed to prove that crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Rhode Island, USA to Spain is possible without a human crew onboard. The boat didn't make it across the ocean as planned, but set a new world endurance record. 


Bluefish and Wolverine ZCCs


2014 - Zero carbon cruisers (ZCCs) of the future using advanced hull and energy harvesting techniques may soon become a reality. The Bluefish development program is aiming for solar and wind powered ships with operational speeds of 10 knots+. It's early days yet but the Bluefish (SWASH) platform figures look to be in the right ballpark for non-polluting cargo ships and cruise liners. Use our events A - Z to find collaborative partners for your valuable enabling research in the EU Horizon 2020 and MARTEC calls 2014.


Humpback whales and anti whaling conservation.


2014 - Conservation of our oceans and marine species could be given a boost with the take up of ZCCs. ZCCs will reduce acid rain - so acid oceans. Bad news for the Humboldt squid, good news for coral reefs, whales, dolphins and even sharks. Let's hope there will be marine life left to enjoy the seas once they are cleaned up.


Eco solar charging at green car parks


2014 - Europe is supporting the development of sustainable transport with their Horizon 2020 initiatives. A city sports car concept is proposed as a means to evaluate low cost service stations that will load-level electrical supplies as more and more electric cars hit the streets and roadside fast charging points alone will be unable to meet the demand. Collaborative research partners are invited from auto and energy industries. See the Devonshire Project.


Solar powered Bluebird electric rickshaw


2014 - All over the world solar assisted vehicles are springing up. Europe is supporting the development of sustainable transport with their Horizon 2020 initiatives, but does this include rickshaws as a green eco mode of travel. 



2015 - Cannonball EV Run - A road trip across the UK is planned to equal the pace of IC vehicles, to prove that electric eco cars can compete on range and performance. Starting from John O'Groats in the Scottish Highlands, driving (within legal limits) south to Lands End in Cornwall - a distance of 874 miles, stopping only for refreshments, to swap driver for co-driver and to recharge. A follow on event for 2016 sets the USA in our sights. then another in Australia is planned for 2017. See the event RULES. You can compete just as well in a Nissan Leaf as in a Tesla - or convert your own - so long as production running gear is used.


London, England, New Year fireworks celebrations event


2014 - 2017 Events that are germane to marine and automotive innovation, research and development, IP, investment and commercial business enterprise are featured on this site in a comprehensive A - Z listing.







The maritime sector is defined by nine component industries, including:

1. Ports
2. Shipping
3. Maritime business services
4. Ship building and repairs
5. Marine equipment
6. Marine renewable energy servicing
7. Leisure and small commercial
8. Marine science
9. Maritime technical consultancy

The first three categories in the list are considered maritime industries, while the latter six are marine industries.

A recent report by Oxford Economics suggest the marine and maritime sector makes a large contribution to the UK economy of some £35.1 billion to UK GDP.

* After accounting for some of the nine industries being in each others supply chains, the marine and maritime sector is estimated to support a gross valued added contribution to GDP of £35.1 billion in 2011/12. This is 2.3% of the total output produced by the UK economy in the year. It supports 703,000 people in employment.

* In 2011/12, the marine and maritime sector supports 703,000 people in employment in the UK. Therefore, 1 in every 45 jobs in the economy is dependent or partially dependent on the sector and contributes £9.2 billion for the Exchequer.

* In total, the sector supported a £9.2 billion tax contribution to HM Exchequer. This is 2% of all tax receipts.




Ahead of the All At Sea event on the 7th November 2013, it might help to summarize some of the work that has been undertaken to scope out the future seascape for the maritime industry.

Original scoping events for the marine/maritime industry were held during 2011, and the "deep dive" workshop reports can be seen in the main Transport KTN document library

A cross-cutting report which summarises the conclusions from all 5 of the road-mapping events can be found here. There is a summary article which brings together the reports from all 5 workshops.

In 2011, building on this information, BIS and the marine industries launched an £8billion strategy for growth for the marine industries, which you can access here.





The Transport KTN worked with the IfM, Marine Industries Leadership Council and Technology Strategy Board to synthesize the roadmaps growth strategy into info-graphics that illustrate the potential market, technology areas and market opportunities represented in the estimated £6 billion growth above that the marine and maritime industries could generate by 2020.

Two images were synthesised that summarise the market opportunities.

1) technologies perspective 


This clearly shows that there is an opportunity for a growth of £6billion GVA in areas such as green shipping, marine ICT, offshore renewables and intermodal transport. Key opportunities for business growth exisit for business and research that work together to develop innovative solutions in: 

• Vessel design and engineering (e.g. energy efficient design, vessel hydrodynamics, retrofitting, etc)

• Positioning and communications (e.g. autonomous systems, sat comms, voyage and navigation management, decision support systems, etc)

• Advanced materials (e.g. self-healing and nano materials, lightweight composites, coatings, embedded sensors, etc)

• Green ship technologies (emissions management, thermal management systems, vessel propulsion, etc)





2) strategic opportunities 


This shows how enabling growth and investment in technology areas will enable the UK to capitalise on up-coming market opportunities, resulting in £6billion growth in GVA, represented by increase in new products and services and growth in exports in such areas as autonomous systems, ICT and decision support systems and growth in low carbon requirements.

These infographics summarise that to businesses, the UK has fantastic opportunities for growth in the marine/maritime industry, and that because of this, the UK government is willing to wotk with business, industry and research to ensure that investment is made in a timely and relevant manner.

The Transport KTN is working hard to ensure that the process is a transparent and two-way operation.


What European funding will be available under the Waterbourne platform (the strand of research that is concerned specifically with maritime developments) in Horizon 2020 (the successor to FP7) will be available by the end of the year. In the meantime, the draft work programme (dated 18th Oct 2013) is available, which gives an indication of the topic areas under consideration (see pages 28-32) and some indicative budgets (see last page).

In a recent article, we drew your attention to the EU Robotics Roadmap which has fed into the ICT Horizon 2020 proposal. This will be of relevance to anyone interested in Marine Autonomous Systems.




The Marine Industries are currently working with the Transport KTN and the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group (SIG) to create a strategic plan for UK industry to capitalize on the opportunities presented by future developments and requirements for marine autonomous systems.





The vision is to bring together an integrated community of entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and potential end users to create a vision for the emerging industrial Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) sector in the UK.


The Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Interest Group was established on 1 January 2013 in a partnership between the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Knowledge Transfer Networks.


Drawing on a core group of experts, leading industrialists and academics, the SIG's aim is to stimulate collaboration and innovation in RAS capabilities, which are required to underpin multiple industrial sectors, leading to increased productivity and growth.


The SIG runs until the end of 2015, when a review of its work will be undertaken to inform future support and intervention.




On the Vessel Efficiency Group, some topics of interest include:

* Light Weighting
Lightweight, lower carbon materials and structural optimization

* Smart materials
Smart and multifunctional, self healing, fire resistant, low friction coatings, embedded sensors

* Positioning and communications
Space and satellite systems, better user interfaces for complex systems
Lightweight, lower carbon materials and structural optimisation

* Autonomous sensing, avionics and advanced navigation
Autonomous systems, remote command and control, trim and stability controls for energy efficiency and safety

* Smart green propulsion and alternative low carbon / emission systems
Electric propulsion, motors, drives, controllers, energy storage, power management, batteries, engine exhaust after treatment & emissions reduction, heat & power recovery, and alternative fuels

* Vessel design and engineering
Hydrodynamics, improved efficiency of manufacturing processes to reduce material consumption, waste, energy use and carbon emissions





OUR TRADE MARK - As you might imagine 'Bluebird' is one of the most popular trademarks in the world today, used for goods as diverse as credit cards (USA), restaurants and confectionary (England) phones (Japan), buses (USA), food (Australia) software and shipping management (India). We own the trademark in connection with electronics and electrical equipment and for vessels, yachts and multihulls. We are seeking business and development partners worldwide. We sometimes offer free licenses for good causes, such as events using a bird with the blue color, where no conflict arises.


We have no connection with any of the companies using the name for goods other than those stated on this website, nor are we connected with any high speed racing concerns - though such racing boats have been of much interest and continue to be an inspiration, they are powered by internal combustion engines and have no electronic systems, so are far removed in purpose from our own electric vessels. We have though included a brief history of famous boats called 'Bluebird.'  Using a trademark without the owners permission is a serious matter. See our guide on the subject. If you suspect being sold counterfeit goods - please let us know immediately.  Note: This legacy site has much unrelated content that we are contractually obliged to maintain.





The' DMS Bluebird' operated by Thong Yong (marine services) in the Middle East. She is a 26m tug powered by 3500hp Caterpillar diesels built by DAMEN Marine Services in Holland 2007




The motor yacht 'Bluebird of Happiness' out  of Whitby - a luxury boat available for charter.



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