International Marine Mammal Conservation Society

New Anti-Poaching Submarine and Patrol Vessel Will Use Zero Fuel, Reach Speeds in Excess of 100 Knots and Remain At Sea For One Year and You Can Help Fund It Now

The whalers would have less than 7 minutes to react and they could be engaged just as easily from a stand-off distance of over 5,000 nautical miles.

A large hybrid submarine is in the works for the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society that will use zero fuel (up to a full year) and is designed to support an upcoming Distributed Persistent Anti-Whaling Area Control Strategy (DP-AWACS). Capable of operating at speeds well in excess of 100 knots and able to travel over 24 nautical miles every 12 minutes and remaining deployed and on station for 365 days, the Aegis submarine will be the worlds fastest, most advanced anti-whaling and conservation ship. 

The capabilities are now here for stand-off engagements and we need your support to push forward to deploy them. These highly capable and advanced tools will ensure that we can protect our planet for decades to come and confront nearly any threat to the environment no matter what poachers use. Whether the poachers operate small skiffs akin to that of a pirate or more advanced small boats capable of 50-100 knots, the Aegis Submarine will deny them from operating by forcing the expenditure of resources and fuel. 

 The Aegis does not need to use fuel during covert operations and therefore does not need to use high speed as often since it won’t have a surface presence like a traditional ship and therefore will not give early warning to whalers or others being monitored that would illicit an increase in speed, therefore allowing the vessel to operate with zero emissions. The vessel could conduct, if needed, a patrol endurance over 360 days against, for example, the FV Margiris Super Trawler which is known to destroy environments, reduce fish stocks and increase fishing by-catch in the region of operation.

The Aegis is

  • Hard to detect with satellite imagery
  • Will be nearly impossible for any ship or surface craft to catch, close in on, or escape.
  • Can exceed 100 knots using its hybrid propulsion and hull enhancement system.
  • Will use zero fuel for up to 365 days during normal patrol duties compared to today’s anti-poaching ships.
  • Will include advanced sensors throughout the hull of the submarine and other craft to map marine debris undersea for removal.
  • Aegis will be equipped with long range surveillance and engagement technology (where it could engage, prop foul, cut the transfer lines or monitor the whalers from over 7,000 nautical miles away).
  • The Aegis is equipped with an advanced non-traditional submarine hull (the hull is optimized for various modes of operation and the design is highly unique to this specific submarine and quite futuristic looking.) 

In the future we could look into something that could directly knock out the harpoon before impact and be equipped on IMMCS assets (much like today’s APS systems on board military vehicles and tanks that literally intercepts the projectile in flight before impact), but these modified versions would need to be with the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society’s units who are close to the whales. Think of our version as a Whale Active Protection System at sea, something that will intercept a harpoon projectile in flight before it impacts a whale. 

This system would have to be able to fit on small boats or larger patrol vessels which can place themselves in just a presence mode and let the WAPS interceptors engage the harpoons mid-flight to destroy them before they impact a whale. It is based off current technology and so it is possible for it to be adapted without extensive costs but we have not taken further actions with regard to such a system. 

You can see more about the current use of this technology for the military by watching the YouTube video below, after watching the video, you should have a better idea of how it can be deployed specifically against harpoons.

How Military Technology Could Save The Whales From Harpoons

Now while this type of system for whale defense is only an idea at the moment, most of our projects we have discussed in the past can be fielded with ease and modifications, this is one of the few projects that will need additional funding to bring into an operational environment.  This concept requires more research, development and testing to become something that we would actively pursue and field on campaign and it will come at cost to re-design, test and deploy, however despite its costs, its features mean it would be worth the extra investment in research and development to finally deploy a Whale Active Protection System.

Ensuring the control of the sea against illegal activities is a requirement. If we can’t stop poaching, than what hope do we truly have? We must take a stand and deploy the most capable wildlife protection tools, even if it must be custom designed. We make the most out of your donation to IMMCS to ensure that illegal activities are stopped and that our units will always have the right tools to take action in record time without fearing for their lives, legal action, threats of harassment, etc.

Most ships will not be able to maintain the endurance the Aegis is equipped with. Even if it could match or exceed its endurance, it will likely lose track when the Aegis goes to conduct high speed operations.

It would take the Aegis Submarine under 7 minutes exceeding 100 knots to travel 12 nautical miles and just 08 hours to travel well over 774 nautical miles, while offshore patrol vessels operating at 35 knots would take about 20 minutes to travel just 12 nautical miles and just 1 day 1 hour to travel the same distance of 774 nautical miles. The Aegis during its normal patrol duties under 30 knots would not consume any fuel during its time underway.

The advantage for the Aegis Submarine while underway is avoiding bad weather. Should the sea conditions become so rough, it can simply dive to reduce the affects that the ocean has on its operations, while still reaching speeds in excess of 25-30 knots. Other vessels operating at the same speed on the surface would have their operations affected without a doubt due to the waves on the surface. 

The Aegis anti-poaching vessel will allow our units to determine how the mission is operated – whether we want to operate in surface mode or submerged mode, among a variety of other operational modes, such as using the submarine for undersea research and to operate in sensitive marine environments where the vessel can use its zero emissions capabilities.

This will undoubtedly present a challenge to the whalers  and illegal operators at sea since we then determine, and control, if and when the whalers could track the vessel through satellite imagery or by visual means. There are indeed other factors to consider when we develop the submarine, like ELINT signals intelligence gathering which can occur from over 500 nautical miles, satellite radar and other related undersea monitoring.

The Aegis Submarine will operate in so many different modes, the detection equipment needed to detect the Aegis in a variety of these modes would be expensive for the whaling fleet to field on their own, and even if they did train crew for its detection, it would pull away from the whalers intended operations. With undersea engagements a real possibility now, any hopes of knowing when or if an intervention operation will take place will cause concern for the whalers as it can be done from so far away, and from undersea, that stopping the asset deploying the remote engagement tools will be harder to locate, track, or close in on, and stopping a lot of undersea drones (essentially a swarm of prop fouler’s) will be extremely difficult for whaling fleets to avoid or detect in time.

It is a very quite stealth submarine design that is not like any traditional submarine hull in operation – it’s not your traditional submarine hull. Its shape and form are so unique to the craft and that will assure it’s superiority over any other craft in a variety of operational speeds, weather conditions, depths, configurations and engagements. 

The torpedo tubes which would normally be used for torpedoes are being adapted for conservation, yes you heard that right, and they will be adapted for long-range undersea remote engagement technologies. These would be adapted from existing designs and technology and could be modified and deployed easily. Undersea prop fouling swarms will most certainly be a thing at extended ranges. 

International Marine Mammal Conservation Society CEO James Anderson said:

This design will use zero fuel during normal patrol duties and use diesel for high speed operations (HSO) that will exceed speeds in excess of 100 knots, this would be a rare occurrence, for intercepting a ship, outrunning a threat to the ship and for other tasks needed in quick time. As an example, a trawler actively deploying gear in a protected zone, hauling in nets or having entangled marine life ahead that is detected and requires urgent action in record time is where speed would be needed. The 100 plus knot speed makes it the fastest and MOST CAPABLE anti-poaching or naval submarine in the world that can deliver serious enforcement for extended duration engagements and environmental protection missions.’

When most people think of environmental conservation and anti-whaling groups they usually think of ‘Conservation International’, ‘World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’‘Sea Shepherd’ and even ‘Greenpeace International’. The International Marine Mammal Conservation Society (IMMCS) is a fairly new organization, founded in 2015, dedicated to filling the gaps of direct action anti-whaling campaigns and renewing anti-whaling operations worldwide on a much larger, more disruptive scale than ever before and at further ranges and greater speeds. 

New equipment is needed to ensure an effective deployment of the Enhanced Distributed Persistent Anti-Whaling Area Control Strategy (EDP-AWACS) and the new in development Long-Range Stand-Off Remote Engagement Strategy (LR-SORES) developed by the International Marine Mammal Conservation Society for eventual fielding. LR-SORES is going to be a long-range sore for environmental criminals and it’s going to hurt their operations, minimize detection of the anti-poaching task force and increase substantially the ability to defend marine life from illegal activities at extended ranges, something that will surely frustrate the whalers new strategies being deployed in hopes of them renewing full scale whaling operations.

Japanese whalers have stated they wish to return to Antarctica after starting commercial whaling again. Let’s be clear, it won’t happen, and if it does, we’ll provide a counter solution. Our strategies will be backed up with simulation tools to ensure that each plan can handle any challenge that may be presented, to ensure the proper use of fuel (where required) on campaigns in advance and to rehearse operations in an environment where errors can be corrected to find the optimal solution to a problem where the anti-whaling task force operates. This helps in finding the right strategy for campaigns to be fielded with minimal problems or enough knowledge of what will occur during an operation that should an error occur, our units will know what to do without disrupting operational or other campaign tasks.

An example would be “how do we approach a whaling ship with crew onboard while it’s anchored at sea, while delivering units undetected.” Before we begin any campaign, every campaign will take months in advance to plan and coordinate, we’ll use simulation tools to see a realistic perspective or engagement using custom 3D asset models to find the right solution for our units when deployed to a real world scenario and for training. 

These programs combined with former military, navy, marines and air force members, officers and commanders will ensure that our units control the battle space against poachers at sea in the present, near and far future. We are building up the organizational structure for this and it’s going to take some time to accomplish such a huge feat. We can’t continue to allow the image of environmental conservation to be plagued by issues such as conservation ships being attacked at sea or a ship being seized just for standing up and protecting our planet. 

Remote Engagement Technologies Being Developed

These new tools are yet to be fielded, and they’ll prove to be difficult for the whalers to detect, track and defend against. When the whalers disrupted other charities engagements in close range, stand-off engagements will no doubt become a thing of future engagement strategies.

Detecting these future engagements will be almost impossible for future whaling operators, let alone stopping them in time. Since all tools and capabilities will change, be modified and adapted, they’ll never confront the same asset more than a few times before we modify it to prevent them from learning of intervention methods and technologies. These could be upgraded with additional long range capabilities, more advanced AI swarming, facial recognition technologies modified to detect illegal catch on board ships and in nets being hauled in and other advanced capabilities to detect marine plastics, ghost nets, injured wildlife and much more.

This intervention vehicle will be similar in shape to a torpedo/ UUV but will be un-armed, far faster, longer range and sacrifice itself to ensure a ships propulsion is ensnared, allowing enforcement units to take action and send a message to other illegal operators that illegal activities will not be tolerated and come at ever increasing costs to poachers. The UUIV will deploy from the submarine from tubes that would normally be used for torpedo’s or on other platforms operated by units. This allows nearly all phases of intervention to be conducted from undersea and still fit within a non-lethal but more capable enforcement approach than other groups have used.  

The Unmanned Underwater Intervention Vehicle Drag Inducing variant is an unmanned intervention asset that can sneak up to a ship without detection and insert a device around the propulsion and rudder sections. The following device will deploy several parachute like devices onto the stern of the vessel, thereby increasing the drag, resulting in a reduction of speed. In addition the UUIV will be equipped with GPS to allow geo-location of ships being monitored or prop-fouled.

This same version is capable of using a special magnetic plate equipped on the UUIV which can be deployed to cut off the water inlets of ships using water-jet propulsion.

The Ship Launched Prop Fouler Projectile is designed to foul a ships propulsion from over 500 meters away without the suspect ship being aware and is operated from crew on deck of any IMMCS patrol ship. It is to be launched from a cannon on the bow, atop the bridge, from within the hull of the ship and even on smaller interceptors, among other deployment methods. This can be deployed now with your support.

The anti-whaling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance drone is capable of ranges greater than 1,000 nautical miles, can remain in the air for over 25 hours and reach a service ceiling well over 20,000 feet. This means helicopters that use a considerable amount of fuel are out-ranged by this design and means we would have an earlier warning to an approaching ship than one equipped with a helicopter, short of signals and electronic emissions intelligence gathering. With an unmanned vessel, the drone could in theory, operate in an area upwards of 5,000 nautical miles (that’s a huge area if you aren’t aware), we won’t be disclosing how exactly that would be achieved other than it can, and it will be done.

The SLOAP-ASC is 3 meters long, capable of ranges up to 100 nautical miles and can submerge to make detection difficult. Much like the Aegis Submarine, these will be hybrid craft that will provide long range early warning and surveillance of illegal fishing and whaling activities. The array of technology and tools that will be deployed is astronomical and game changing – it will take time to fund it. These are just the tip of what we’ve made public.

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