The world's largest amphibious vehicle: AmphiMax is a portable floating dockyard



AMPHIMAX - was constructed in the old robot laboratory, now a tearoom for visitors to the Museum




Not in any way connected with the generating history of Herstmonceux Museum, but, built in the workshops in Lime Park by Bluebird Marine Systems, and completed and test driven by radio control in 2022 by the Cleaner Ocean Foundation. The AmphiMax is the world's largest amphibious vehicle.


Alongside SeaVax, the AmphiMax is a cherished exhibit, sometimes loaned out for events and talks, always returned to a dedicated ocean plastic display at Herstmonceux Museum, as part of the technology trail.








TANK TESTING - This water basin was especially constructed to one side of the Generating Works. The tank was filled with well water and plastic debris scattered to simulate ocean waste, then the pumps and filters were switched on. In the space of a few minutes, the tank was clear of flotsam. The Concept worked!





The AmphiMax is a fully working proof of concept model, constructed to 1:20 scale, to carry and launch the SeaVax (proof of concept machine). It is radio controlled and steer-able, much as the SeaVax design.


It would qualify as a portable floating dockyard. The idea being to reduce the price of making SeaVax vessels, by using the amphibious vehicle as an assembly station. Where, subassemblies would be craned into position, and bolted or welded together. Then, the AmphiMax would drive down a beach into the sea and launch SeaVax ocean cleaning ships at the rate of one a month. Meaning that SeaVax machines could be constructed anywhere in the world at very low cost. Such as the Caribbean islands, African nations, Indian ocean islands, etc.


As SeaVax machines need to be serviced and cleaned, they would locate an AmphiMax station, and autonomously call out the amphibious vehicle, couple to the AmphiMax in the sea, and then drive (be driven) up the beach, where human operators might effect any repairs or upgrades, etc.










Heading into 2024, plastic is still a menace on the increase, according to several reports, including those of the United Nations, claiming that waste disposal, as dumping from rivers into the ocean will double. There will be more plastic in the sea than fish. It's an extraordinary situation, with few actors looking to invest in cleaning up the existing mess, or even swapping polyolefin's for biodegradable substitutes. Thus, threatening safe seafood supplies and the food security of the world.







SOLAR PIONEERS - Stephane Chopard & Raphaelle Javet (communications) and Raphael Domjan (pilot) on a visit to Herstmonceux Museum in August 2017. Raphael's Turanor PlanetSolar project set the benchmark when it comes to solar powered zero carbon transport.





The SeaVax team generously gave five years of their lives, to show world leaders that there are ways of combating the problem, and maybe one day, we'll see artificially intelligent, energy autonomous machines skimming the ocean waves clean of detritous, and an outright ban on single use packaging. Plastic products that are recycled responsibly, are perfectly acceptable, do not think otherwise. We are not plasti-phobic, just sensibly precautious. Our society depends on engineering and medical plastics. But, the world's population depends on healthy fish catches to feed themselves.










There are several innovative vehicles and vessels on permanent display at Herstmonceux Museum, including:


1. Art Gallery - Collection of paintings, pictures, graphics, sculptures, wooden carvings & exotic glassware

2. Archives - Historic documents library, patents, trademarks, copyright, films, catalogued legal papers & letters

3. An Edwardian ice well, throwback to the days before refrigeration

4. A large underground (condensation/cooling) and water storage chamber for ice making

5. The world's smallest water basin, test tank for model boats & ships to 1:20 scale

6. World's smallest wind tunnel, vehicle drag measuring instrument using electronic strain-gauges

7. Three PV boat models, Navigator, SWATH & 2 cats + route map prior to Swiss PlanetSolar

8. Seavax, the ocean cleanup proof of concept prototype from 2016

9. AmphiMax, radio controlled (working) beach launching & recovery vehicle for SeaVax

10. Anthony the most dangerous giant Australian bulldog ant, 300 times normal size

11. EV - FCEV refueling station model in 1:20 scale

12. The only working (fully functional) water well in Herstmonceux village

13. The fountain of youth, supplied from natural well water drawn on site

14. Second World War, 'Anderson Inspired,' bomb proof shelter constructed by Major Charles de Roemer

15. City sports FCEV-BEV, hydrogen gull wing proof of concept DC50 electric car

16. Land speed record car: Bluebird-Electric BE1 (original 1st) with battery cartridge exchange

17. Land speed record car: Bluebird-Electric BE2 (original 2nd) with cartridge exchange

18. A complete mummified squirrel, found when re-roofing the Museum June 2017

19. A fully operational, and restored VW Kombi van dating from 1978 (historic vehicle)

20. BMW i3, battery electric vehicle hybrid, with onboard generator range extender

21. Solar panel, sun tracking system, with battery storage

22. A hornet's nest found on site & preserved in 2016 (reported as [Asian] invasive species, to be safe)

23. Three sewing machines, including an antique Singer and a Brother industrial.

24. Adventure climbing frames for children (back to nature) Swiss Family Robinson

25. 'Elizabeth Swann' proof of concept model 1:20 scale hydrogen powered trimaran

26. Holm oaks, planting and growing trees from acorns on site, re-wilding in Sussex















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