IMO IS GO - CH.20
Atlantis has been the subject of countless films, as has Nazi gold and oil polluting our oceans, but never have all these elements come together under one roof as a submarine movie. Aiming for a screenplay 90-110 pages max.
THE IMO CERTIFIES GREEN HYDROGEN AND METHANOL BUNKERING FOR PORTS
"Antonio Guterres, calling Elizabeth Swann. Come in Elizabeth Swann."
"Elizabeth Swann over. Hello to you Mr Guterres. Hal here onboard AI, would you like to speak with Captain Storm or leave a message?"
"Please Hal. I'm on the line with Kitack Lim, of the IMO. If we could have a word with Captain Storm."
Hal had taken over answering and recording all shipboard communications.
Off air, "looks like the UN's big brass John." "Thanks Hal."
"John Storm speaking, Secretaries, what can I do for our esteemed members of the UN?"
"Thank you Captain."
"Thank you John. ... John, firstly we'd like to thank you for your generous contributions to Blue Shield and marine archaeology. But we'd really like to ask about the Elizabeth Swann's propulsion system. If that is okay with you."
The performance of your ship has been noted with some interest by ourselves and some port operators. We just wanted to ask how you arrived at methanol as the fuel of choice?"
"Uh, huh. But you are using methanol, are you not?"
"Yes, green methanol. But the Swann is equipped to switch between ammonia and compressed gas. She is also solar assisted."
"And the 'Swann' is electrically propelled?"
"Spot on. We can run directly from our solar arrays, three of them, to conserve hydrogen, making good headway, in the region of ten knots. And, we can use any of the two forms of hydrogen compounds, and compressed gas, to make electricity via fuels cells, for extra performance - over thirty knots on foils."
"That's how I'd describe it, but it's not my baby. Really. Dan, myself, Patricia and Hal, have just put the concept to the test. It's the work of Professor Douglas Storm."
"So you said, and might it be possible to speak with the Professor at some stage?"
"Not really, I'm afraid. Not unless you know a good spiritualist. He is missing presumed dead. A tragedy. I'd so love to pick my uncle's brains. Even if via a Séance Ritual."
"We're sorry to hear that. Then, does that not make you the expert?"
"I'm joking as to ritual. But would dearly like closure. I treasure those interchanges."
"Understandable. Ah-hem." The Secretary-General cleared his throat. "And, the technology?"
"I might know more than most. Hands on that is."
"Exactly." Kitack Lim chimed in. "That is what we hoped."
The Secretary-General continued, "We wonder if the system is scalable. What do you think?"
"I think, what the Unce Douglas thought. Or, at least what I think he thought. It is entirely fleet friendly. What is not so fleet welcoming. Perhaps a stumbling block. Is the lack of infrastructure."
"Precisely." Kitack Lim enjoined again, and Antonio Guterres, allowed himself a wry grin.
"We need to be bold with certification. No offence Mr Lim."
"Not at all Commander."
"Oh, you know about that."
"This is a privileged communication, as private as it gets."
Hal confirmed, "the communication is encoded Skip."
"The handle is temporary."
"A lever, Commander Storm?"
"Quite so. Diplomatic is, as to activism does."
John laughed, recalling the whaler, betting on the whale. "Ladbet. Now that was an adventure."
Lim Kitack enjoined, "That whale sank two ships. How might the IMO respond to that?"
"A Mother and then some. But gentle and amusing when not threatened. You should meet her."
"Perhaps she didn't like diesel?" Guterres enjoined. "Who can blame her."
Coming down to earth with a bump, John had time to reflect. "So, gentlemen, the problem is logistics and the production capacity of green hydrogen. By all means, use the Swann as an example."
Both secretary generals leapt in, "is there any chance of a demonstration?"
"To equal, or exceed diesel performance?"
"Will I have your backing?"
"Ah. Erm. Ahhhh. Well, not exactly." Said Lim.
"We are apolitical." Confirmed Antonio Guterres.
"But then, at some stage, politicians will have to nail their colours."
"Difficult, if we still want our jobs. And is we lose those, pioneers like yourself, could meet stiffer resistance from our replacements."
"I see the problem, Mr Secretaries."
The UN advocates shook their heads.
"How about a race?" John was obviously onto something. They could tell from the upbeat change of voice.
"Go on." Kitack Lim urged Commander Storm to continue.
"There is a hydrogen race. Not a pack of boats competing all at once, like most yacht races."
STAGED TRANSITION TO ZERO EMISSION SHIPPING
Under the auspices of Kitack Lim, the IMO had implemented stages of transition to 100% zero emissions, with 2100 as the target for one hundred percent clean shipping. Most stakeholders were sitting on the fence, technology wise, stalling as the historically reserved and risk averse fleet, and port operators watched the developing state of readiness, some of them having already been financially burned in the changeover to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). And who can blame anyone for being cautious under those circumstances.
The International Maritime Organization follow suite, taking the plunge with green hydrogen and methanol, certifying these fuels for use in ships and ports, with temporary certificates. The USA joins in the H2 scrum. China and India become economically uncompetitive staying with coal, gas and oil. Their exports fall, where nobody wants dirty goods.
PROPOSED STORY MAP BY CHAPTER (90-110 pages) - ORDER CAN BE CHANGED: DRAFT SCREENPLAY
CHAPTER 1. PROTESTS - Peaceful North Sea oil pollution protestors are framed and imprisoned, by a corrupt judicial system.
CHAPTER 5. BBC WORLD SERVICE - Jill Bird reports Terramentals rig attacks, world shocked at pollution cover up. Charley Temple investigates.
CHAPTER 7. RADIATION ALERT - John & Dan twig radiation from HMS Neptune possible serious reactor damage. Must warn Terramentals.
CHAPTER 8. STEALTH MODE - Storm spots Astute sub, Swann in stealth mode, detected as John warns extremists of sub radiation leakage.
CHAPTER 9. CHANGE OF COURSE - Terramentals change course, heading for the Straits of Gibraltar. Not believing radiation warning.
CHAPTER 12. REACTOR LEAK - Terramentals realise John telling truth, as radiation rector damage detection system HMS Neptune triggers.
CHAPTER 13. RESCUE TOW - John rescues Terramentals. MI6 order Neptune sinking. MOD knew reactor dangerous, want evidence gone.
CHAPTER 14. LISBON PORT - Terramentals & Storm, shut Neptune's reactor. Tow, stricken submarine to Lisbon, prevent MI6 sinking evidence.
Disillusioned eco activists are imprisoned by the British, for peacefully protesting in London about unrealistically low fines for oil spills in the North Sea, demonstrating strictly in accordance with their Article 9 and 10 Human Rights. They are targeted by fossil fuel industry fraudsters, who bribe police officials and court judges to secure a conviction, with the backing of corrupt ministers of state who have undeclared personal investments in oil drilling companies: Amoco, BP, Shell, Total. That sets in motion a train of events, where, having been framed, the ever more determined environmentalists build a mini-sub, fast enough and especially equipped, to sink or capture Astute, Aukus and US Seawolf class submarines. Having captured HMS Neptune, the Terramentals torpedo a BP owned rig, also destroying two others (Shell), with the looming threat to target all 150 plus, operating in the North Sea. The oil producers are temporarily forced to shut down production, as a result of the significant media coverage and public outrage on realization of the pollution. The UN asks John Storm to provide a geodata survey on the environmental damage.
O P E R A T I O N N E P T U N E™
In this fictional story, the characters and events are the product of the author's imagination, save for real life character who it would not be appropriate to give fictitious names.
But even so, their actions are not those of the real characters, they portray in this original story.