GLOBAL
ODYSSEY

  • Extreme E’s global odyssey is made possible by its floating paddock and base, the RMS 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.

  • HISTORY
    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.

     

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    HISTORY
    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.

     

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    REFURBISHMENT
    As a 30 year old vessel, the priority has been to give the RMS St. Helena a phased modernisation and refit programme in order to lower its emissions as much as possible, with the first phase completed ahead of Extreme E’s first campaign.

    For Phase 1, RMS St. Helena’s engines and generators have been fully refurbished and converted, allowing the ship to run on low sulphur marine diesel – known as ‘champagne’ in the industry– rather than heavy diesel. In fact a complete rebuild of both the ships engines and generators has been carried out and all the ships mechanical systems have been overhauled and improved where necessary.

    Additionally, she is capable of running on one engine at cruise to increase economy, further reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

     

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    The shafts and propellers were also completely refurbished, which involved taking them out, polishing and reconditioning them to be as close to new as possible. Air-into-water-stream technologies to lower the water consumption and water heating requirements of the ship are also planned to be carried out.

    In a decision to minimise waste, the ship’s 30 year old interior has all been kept, but has undergone an upcycling process to improve its aesthetics and liveability whilst being as eco-friendly as possible.

    The RMS St. Helena is in the process of being completely refitted and rejuvenated and will be raring to set sail on her most ambitious journey yet.