We, the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society’s leadership hereby promises to field and deliver the anti-poaching organization and capabilities you have always wanted and expected. Your calls for MORE ACTION against whaling and other illegal operators have been HEARD.
Thousands of our supporters are allowing us to cut out the big-name anti-poaching organizations, and build the anti-poaching organization of the future on our terms.
This lets us focus on quality and capability, free from the constraints to deliver or raise funds by a certain financial quarter – unlike millions of others. We put our mission ahead.
The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society is proud to announce, and bring its most capable development project, the M/V Aegis to the public domain for its supporters to see just what it is we’ve been doing behind the scenes while not campaigning.
There are no visuals (IE: ship renderings) to show yet, it’s very much a real project and is kept mostly under-wraps for good reason – It’s extraordinarily capable.
The M/V Aegis will be a new platform for the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society that will operate anywhere in the world 365 days a year on full electrical propulsion. There will be no refueling necessary until the Aegis uses its turbine engines to reach an astonishing speed of well over 100 knots, which will be rarer than you’d imagine.
It will be a hybrid vessel, utilizing a very unique hull form that will enable this state of the art vessel to travel above the surface like a ship and beneath the waves like a submarine, depending on how we choose to operate with it, hence a ‘hybrid’ design – and if all goes well, according to the designers, it will be the fastest submarine vessel in the world. It is the first true ocean conservation submarine to be developed.
It will stay at sea longer, reach farther and arrest more poachers in a single deployment than any other anti-poaching vessel in use today, and we can say that with absolute certainty. Seeing what is not working is sometimes more valuable then seeing what is. We see it from both perspectives. This new vessel is something only one could have dreamt about just a few years ago.
The M/V Aegis will travel 30 knots while submerged, that’s the equivalent of a nuclear-powered submarine and can exceed 100 knots on the surface, making it the fastest naval or electric-powered submarine in the world.
This gives the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society’s (IMMCS) anti-poaching units an edge and unmatched capability to act out of nowhere, day or night, giving poachers no option but to halt their activities.
Delivering on our motto, ‘wherever we fly, sail and operate – the poaching stops’ is a requirement.
At 60 meters in length, the Aegis will be the most capable, the worlds fastest, and largest environmental protection vessel of its kind. No other anti-poaching ship in the world is equipped for a year-long (365 day) deployment at sea which can evade satellite imagery and reach intercept speeds in excess of 100 knots and dive to depths greater than 100 meters without needing to refuel.
An endurance on most ships today of 30, 60, 90, and 100 days is great. But a full year? That’s even better. Like any ship, the Aegis will need food for the crew, that’s the limiting factor for it to remain at sea, and as long as there are food and water for the crew, the vessel can act and remain at sea for a full year. In addition, this craft will need a very special crew that can withstand the full-year deployment on board.
Not just anyone will be able to crew this game changing vessel and it won’t be made public that often. It’s a platform that is intended to support the M/V Barracuda at sea in long range indefinite loitering and intervention, sneaking about the worlds oceans submerged, monitoring and surfacing from out of nowhere to take action.
The Aegis is the shield of wildlife for very good reason – it’ll arrive when least expected. In fact it is so capable we would rather not disclose the images or even the designer for that matter, we understand this would affect our ability to raise funds without first having supporters trust in the platform, so we’ll continue to weigh these decisions in the coming weeks and months ahead.
The M/V Barracuda will also act as a support vessel for the M/V Aegis. Both of these platforms are being funded through the crowdfunding campaign Global Fisheries Enforcement Fund and will use green technology for operations.
This program will set the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society (IMMCS) apart from any other environmental protection organization or research institution in the world.
The current rate of conservation operations, which in Africa in particular, seems to be falling behind rather than accelerating, will be boosted through the use of such a platform.
Anti-poaching takes several steps forward and one step back. Poachers are becoming more smart in their operations and approaches, with the use of technology increasing.
Chinese fishing vessels often operate in the area without any law enforcement action – because a lack of enforcement funding, recruits, tools and deterrence capabilities on the part of African units. But these are not the only problems they are facing, just some of the many.
The ability to operate for a year unrefueled will bring un-imagined game-changing capabilities into marine conservation and anti-poaching activities that have never been fielded before in operational use today, there’s no doubt about it.
The submarine will be equipped with state of the art systems for food storage, waste disposal, recycling, and desalination needs to remain on deployment and on station for 365 days (up to one year). That’s more on station time than vessels in use today.
When the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society deploys to confront poachers, the M/V Aegis will be the first to deploy, evading visual satellite surveillance, outrunning threats to the ship, and hiding in plain sight monitoring and acting against illegal operators.
The Aegis will act as the first line of defense for wildlife, remaining at sea beyond the capacity of most ships today besides a nuclear-powered vessel and can get in, take action and get out. The Aegis will be able to operate at 30 knots submerged and tail a vessel without them even knowing they are being monitored by the craft or enforcement units.
The intelligence and evidence gathered from such a mission will support prosecution on land through the courts by providing clear evidence of activities against regional, national, and international laws or conservation treaties all while the poachers have no idea they are being monitored.
The Aegis will have a higher upfront construction cost but is offset with a highly reduced operating cost and environmental footprint than any conservation vessel in use today and it will be able to arrest, monitor, and confront more vessels in a single year from a single deployment.
It has room for unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles (UAV’s) that can reach incredible ranges (well over 800 nautical miles), unmanned surface vessels (USV’s) that can operate up to 8,000 plus nautical miles, and other tools and research equipment to fulfill the mission requirements laid out by the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society.
The radars and electronic systems on-board the vessel will fold inside within just 30 seconds and become watertight, allowing the vessel/submarine to dive to depths greater than 100 meters and remain submerged for more than a week.
The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society strives to communicate our current efforts and provide unmatched capabilities anywhere in the world.
We do things others won’t, can’t or are simply unwilling to do – or that may seem so far fetched others won’t consider it. We don’t always do the possible, we do the impossible. Pushing the boundaries is a requirement, it’s what we do.
You can count on IMMCS to do what others won’t. We are setting the stage for what’s next and it will take time. When we are not running campaigns, we are very much working behind the scenes for the future. This new vessel will set IMMCS apart and ensure conservation activities of others are not duplicated.
The website will be updated and the community will be maintained, there may be delays and changes – this happens. We would be lying if we said anything different. We’re building the anti-poaching organization of the future. One you have always dreamed about, and this will take time. We’re implementing new tools and approaches that are game changing.
The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society’s programs and projects are designed to support the foundations of a thriving, protected ocean and habitat.
Our purpose is to prevent the extinction of the most at-risk marine life around the world, providing research, fielding new rescue, rehabilitation, and release tools, deploying new approaches, and ending whaling and poaching through the use of advanced technology and assets to increase the numbers of marine life.
When we announced several months ago a short post ‘Just wait until you see what’s next’, well you’ve waited and now you know what is in the works. A game changing vessel that no other environmental organization in the world is currently equipped with.
Most environmental groups today operate rhibs, ships and aircraft that use fuel, and consume a lot of it in the process of fulfilling their mission. We’ll design and field new tools that fit our global conservation requirements.
While the limits of technology may slow us down in some areas, we know what is right and we know what must be done to deliver.
This is a unique featured vessel that will guarantee our superiority over any other high-speed, non high-speed or underwater craft ever to be operated by poachers in the near and far future.
This ensures that whalers, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing operators and poachers attempting to smuggle wildlife have no ability to operate or even detect the craft, allowing true enforcement and deterrence to take place.