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    Extreme E’s global odyssey is made possible by its floating centrepiece and base, the St. Helena. 

    She will be used to transport the championship’s freight and infrastructure, including vehicles, to the nearest port to each of its five race locations, minimising Extreme E’s emissions profile as well as facilitating scientific research through an on-board laboratory.

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    The former Royal Mail cargo-passenger vessel, was one of the final two ships to carry the RMS title. She acted as a supply ship and ‘lifeline’, sailing between Cape Town and the remote British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena – a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean – between 1990 and 2016. The islanders harbour a strong love of the ‘RMS’ for its years of loyal service and eagerly await her next voyage.



    The ex-Royal Mail Ship which acted as the lifeline to the island of St. Helena, has been under Extreme E’s stewardship for more than two years and during this time has undergone an extensive multi-million euro renovation process, including a comprehensive mechanical overhaul as well as a full refurbishment of the interior alongside a fresh livery and branding.


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    Efficiency has been a major part of this. The St. Helena’s engines have been fully stripped and rebuilt and she will now run on low-sulphur marine diesel, known as Champagne in the industry. The propellers have similarly been refurbished to reduce friction and improve efficiency. The hull has been re-painted with the Extreme E logo emblazoned on the side. The underwater sections are painted in the most up-to-date anti-fouling paint, meaning she is kept clean which makes her more streamlined, which also reduces CO2 emissions.

    The approach to the internal refit was to significantly improve, whilst leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible. This was achieved by upcycling, and rather than scrapping and replacing, the interior was stripped and refurbished, producing a contemporary, modern appearance. In addition, the ship utilises low-energy LED lights, low-water consumption bathroom fittings and even chairs made from recycled plastic bottles collected from the Mediterranean. There is also a hydroponic system on board in the kitchens which will enable the Chef to grow the vessel’s own herbs and garnishes. 

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    The original 20-square-metre swimming pool has been replaced with a Science Laboratory so research can be conducted en route. Extreme E in cooperation with Enel Foundation, the championship’s Founding Scientific Partner, invited scientists to apply for space on the ship to conduct research connected to advancing climate science, and five projects have been selected to join the voyage. 

    There are 62 cabins which can sleep up to 175 people, two lounges, an 80-seater restaurant, a 100-seater exterior deck, an 80-seater presentation area plus capacity to carry 90 20-foot shipping containers. A crew of 50 people will live and work on board the St. Helena over the course of her voyage.

    Joining them will be Extreme E’s Impact Correspondent Izabela Rekiel, who is also an International DJ, environmental activist, Climate Reality Leader and Project Zero Ambassador. Izy will document life on the St. Helena through regular posts on her social media channels - @izyofficial.


    Overall Length 105m
    Beam 19.2m
    Draught 6.01m
    Air draft 39m
    Gross Tonnage 6,767
    Decks 8
    Masts 2
    Rudder Single Semi Balanced
    Propellers Controllable Pitch – Inward Turning
    Stabilisers 3.5m x 1.5m Retractable.
    Cranes x 12 ton (24 ton tandem lift)
    Crew 50
    Guest Cabins 60
    Lounges 2
    Restaurant 1
    Max speed 6kts
    Cruising speed 14kts (11kts on one engine)
    Max Range on one engine 15,000 miles
    Main Engines Mirrlees Blackstone K6 Major Mk 3 (x 2)
    Main Generators Ruston 6RK270Z 1000Kw (x 2)
    Emergency Generator Caterpillar 500Kw
    Shaft generator 1000Kw (x2)
    Tenders Brigg Eagle 8H Custom (x2)