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OCEANUS: Project Delta


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The Ephemerisle Experience

In late July of this year, history was made as Oceanus embarked on an epic voyage to Ephemerisle on the 1936 research vessel Robert Gray. Ephemerisle is an annual week-long gathering on the Sacramento River Delta, brimming with highly creative, intelligent, and successful people there to showcase, and indulge in, their water-based joys. In the weeks preceding the event, dozens of crew members lived and worked aboard the Gray and its 170ft counterpart, the Fir, putting incredible amounts of heart and soul into preparing the vessels for this monumental event… and it showed!

The Oceanus Experience at Ephemerisle:

By the end of the week, we had hosted over five hundred guests for our first ever Oceanus Aqua-conference, with glowing reviews and highly useful lessons to take away. Among the offerings provided was “Dolphin Tank”, a social entrepreneurship pitch competition, panel discussions, keynote speakers, art exhibitions, cook-offs, amazing musical artistry, and passionate conversations and ideation in our very own helipad hot tub!

Robert Gray Ephemerisle

Drone footage of the Oceanus experience at Ephemerisle.

The Gray also provided a valuable resource for testing sustainable living practices, as well as educating our guests on the principles of environmental stewardship and social innovation. And, as our primary vessel filled to capacity, with hammocks swinging from the rafters and soft conversation accompanying the ship’s rocking, we had an opportunity to ferry our guests to the newest addition to our fleet, the 300ft cruise ship, Aurora.

Floating Social innovation Hub 

robert gray aurora cruise ship

2010: Like siblings, the majestic Aurora and her tender, the Robert Gray, make their way together from the Port of       San Francisco to Stockton.

She was the jewel of Germany, heralding an age of pride and presence for a country still striving to mend its international image from the devastation of World War II. The first diesel-electric, Maybach-engined vessel Germany built after the conflict, the Wappen von Hamburg had all the latest in technology and style, launching in 1955 as the most technologically advanced and luxurious cruise ship to exist at the time. Since then, she’s changed hands and names over half a dozen times, traveling the world as the Polar Star, Xanadu, and more, to finally arrive as the Aurora off the coast of California… and right into Oceanus’ open arms.

At this moment, Aurora sits expectantly in Stockton, ready to be used as a conference center, private retreat, and social innovation hub on the Sacramento Delta before her historic re-entry to the Bay. With a 1,600 passenger capacity with sleeping spaces for over two hundred people, conference rooms and office areas, workshops/makerspaces, incubator space, a large pool, a grand ballroom, and much more–the Aurora is our baysteading dream come to reality.

Where do you dock a majestic ship like this though, you ask? She docks at home, of course!

Our Island of Change

Oceanus’ most recent collaboration to date is with Stone Cove Youth Camp, on architecting the future of Stone Cove Island in Suisun Bay (about 30 minutes northeast of Oakland), a five-and-a-half acre base, replete with an entire fleet of boats all its (and now our) own. Riverboats, houseboats, sailboats… all that’s missing is a cruise ship. With ownership extending fifty feet into the water surrounding the island, our concern of where to dock the Aurora, while undergoing our restoration and retrofitting process, is no longer a problem (with the end game of having her docked at the Port of San Francisco, of course).

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Stone Cove Island

Stone Cove will serve as our launching point, eventually housing the equipment used to build and assemble our HexaPod prototypes (our unique hexagonal modular floating platforms created from recycled ocean plastic), as well as functioning as an easily accessible base for research and development on all things related to the Oceanus dream of clean oceans, total sustainability, and vibrant community.

Our vision is to be home to a broad spectrum of human beings (and close affiliates). To entice, we plan to offer co-working and co-living spaces, makerspaces for techies and machinists, places to encourage art, creativity, play and growth, and areas to promote humanitarian, environmental, social, and political enhancement. And the over-arching theme? Sustainable, intellectual, and joyful environments, from bottom to top. And from there, we can prototype our 3D printing systems to recycle devastating ocean plastic into enlightened floating communities!

Empowerment and inclusiveness are at the heart of our principles, and in that spirit, we at Oceanus are putting a call out to you: Thinkers, Dreamers, Doers, Creators, and Visionaries of the world. Take part in our Aurora: Design the Dream challenge! What would YOU like to see promoted aboard our collective vessel? Share your vision with us, and join us for our  next Aqua-conference on October 24th aboard the Aurora. This event will feature phenomenal minds promoting their dreams, and lead into the pre-Halloween event of the year, all hosted on-site in the Aurora’s glorious ballroom. Submit entries to designthedream@oceanus.blue in the form of documents, videos, audio recording, or whatever captures the spirit of your proposal in its fullest extent!

Some key design topics:

  • Clean Energy
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Waste Recycling
  • Technology Manufacturing
  • Creative Production
  • Bay Area Remediation
  • Community Governance
  • Maritime Navigation
  • Restoration and Maintenance
  • Innovative Events
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Culture Creation
  • Inducements of Awe

Thinkers, Dreamers, Doers, and Visionaries of the world: the platform for you to shine, and shine together, is here–in an unparalleled and awesome environment of heightened consciousness cultivated to inspire awe and aid in your creative constructs; Oceanus has arrived.

See you on the waves and in the future. Your tribe welcomes you home. Come and be amazing with us.

The myriad of benefits humanity will reap from Oceanus’ plan to clean our ocean:


The Benefits…

   More than hope: Oceanus provides a platform for which opportunity is limitless and possibilities abound. While oceanic ​cleanup is, and always will be, the core of what we stand for, the amount of plastic polluting our oceans is staggering. In fact, that overwhelming mass of plastic is an immeasurable source of raw material. As addressed in other areas on our website, Oceanus will use this material to construct an entirely new and revolutionary infrastructure on which to foster life, the benefits of which are myriad and diverse. From environmental rehabilitation to ​​scientific research, on this page, we examine in detail the various  expected perks that will arise as byproducts by virtue of Oceanus pursuing its primary objective.

   To read more about the problem at hand, please, click here: www.titan-oceanus.com/the-problem.html                                                                                                                                        To read more about Oceanus’ plan of action, please, click here: www.titan-oceanus.com/the-solution.html 

Oceanus will:

  • Stem the release of toxins into our global habitat:

​            Plastic is essentially an everlasting floating sponge, soaking up most of the toxins it                comes into contact with as it drifts along the currents of our oceans. When it is                        consumed by marine creatures, these contaminants enter their systems as well. By                encapsulating this toxic waste in concrete, Oceanus neatly removes this                                   threat—trapping those dangerous toxins, and preventing them from further                            poisoning our global ecosystem. 

  • Foster an environment in which scientific research may be conducted unimpeded:

​            Bureaucratic red tape from local governments inhibit shocking amounts of                               developments from being made in the realms of scientific research. Invaluable                       progress is stymied by restrictions placed upon researchers, and their facilities, by                  the countries in which they reside. Outside of any country’s territorial waters, and                    therefore at complete liberty to govern itself, Oceanus is singularly located as to                      allow researchers utter freedom to conduct their work, sans                                                        bureaucratic nonsense. Previously stifled exploration in the fields of stem                                cell research, gene therapy, neuroprosthetics, gerontology, bionics, pharmaceuticals,              biochemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, neuroscience, and more can thrive                    on Oceanus, without worry of heavy handed government regulation halting                              progressionthe results of which will further the good of humanity at large.

            Because Oceanus is, in essence, sovereign, we will have the ability to forbid                              any and all activity which would be detrimental to marine wildlife within a 200                        mile radius. This area will be devoted to the rehabilitation of the local                                        ecosystem, free of the devastation caused by trawling, fishing, and the passage of                    polluting ships. This sizable aquatic reserve will also be a boon to marine                                  biologists, who will have the rare opportunity to observe the effects of a fragile and                fading ecosystem being restored from the base up.

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  • Encourage the restoration of marine wildlife:

​            With 700 million tons of plastic debris occupying inestimable miles of oceanic                          habitat, native creatures are choked out of the ecosystem. Phytoplankton can                            not subsist on the little sunlight which filters through this nebulous, viscous muck,                 kicking off a starvation snowball effect which echoes all the way up to the top of the                food chain. Clearing away this noxious inorganic cloud of microplastic will enable                    the phytokplankton to return, breathing life back into a gasping ecosystem.

            70% of all the oxygen in our atmosphere comes from aquatic pelagic plant life                         (the rainforests only produce 28%, with the remaining 2% coming from other land-                  based sources). Phytoplankton alone is responsible for 50% of this vital life-giving                    element. Currently, an area of ocean around the size of the United States                                  is being deprived of its ability to support phytoplankton. By allowing it to thrive once              again, oxygen levels will begin to climb, fostering a healthier environment world-                      wide.

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  • Further the conceptualization and implementation of green living:

​​            The idea of green living is not new to humanity, and self-sustainability is a                                lifestyle many have found attractive throughout the ages. A project of this scope,                      however, which is not only self-sufficient, but has immense beneficial consequences              for our world as a whole, has never before been attempted. Oceanus will become                    a model for future green communities, sustained wholly by environmentally                            friendly methods.    

         –  A large part of creating this model is Oceanus’ use of  alternative energy                                   sources.Chief among these are solar and wind energy; we will also be among the first             to harness the unlimited power of wave energy, and to produce biodiesel fuel from                 algae. By exercising these methods to their fullest, both time-tested and                                   emerging technologies, Oceanus will be the first project of its kind powered entirely               by green energy. 

            In addition to providing an environmentally proactive platform capable                                    of supporting a populous where none existed before before, a bed of fertile soil will                be laid atop the buoyant modular blocks which form Oceanus’ foundation. In this                    soil, we will plant  grass, trees, and crops (in an area where no soil dependent plants              could thrive before), which will not only help to feed the population of Oceanus,                      but will also increase oxygen production in the area surrounding our facility. This                    will veritably boost overall planetary oxygen levels, which will help replenish ozone in              our atmosphere, and in turn, by the same token, help to stem global warming.   

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   While Oceanus is still in its research and development stage, we are actively seeking forward-thinking individuals to help both spread awareness of the problem at hand, and of Oceanus’ innovative solution. We are also currently taking applications for positions within the project itself. Some current fields of interest being: structural engineering, marine biology, chemistry, ecology, plastic recycling, polymer engineering, alternative energy, industrial mechanics, marine navigation, biochemistry, as well as any other pertinent field of expertise. Regardless of expertise, Oceanus welcomes all progressive, forward-thinking, consultants willing to lend vision to our project. If interested in becoming involved in any way, shape, or form; or, if you have any further questions or inquiries, drop us a line: www.titan-oceanus.com/contact-us.html                                

   Prefer to email us directly? Please do, at: support@titan-oceanus.com   We, of course, always look forward to hearing from those interested in our project.

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The investment logic for sustainability.



We at Oceanus agree with Chris McKnett wholly and fully in this very informative and on point TED Talk.

One of our vision is a world in which investment capital helps build a sustainable environment and an equitable economy- the same as US SIF (www.ussif.org). Give them a gander, it’s well worth the time.

The US SIF is an association for professionals, firms, institutions, and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive environmental and societal impact.