Award for excellence in developing hybrid technology opens to international entrants

Royal Thames Mansura Trophy announces association with Bosch Engineering GmbH.

The 2010 Royal Thames Mansura Trophy, which recognises excellence and innovation in the development and application of hybrid power systems in marine vessels, is to be supported by Bosch Engineering, part of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services. 

This prestigious international maritime award for ecology is presented every two years. Its aim is to encourage and recognise the development of vessels which use at least two independent sources to deliver propulsive power. The final drive system must be electrical. Vessels entered must not exceed 122 m (400 ft) in length, and military craft are excluded. Awards are made in three separate classes – Offshore and Coastal craft, Inland Waters craft, and Prototypes – with one overall winner being presented with the Royal Thames Mansura Trophy.. 

Established in 2007, the Royal Thames Mansura Trophy has attracted entries from all over the world including Australia, Thailand and Germany. Previous winners include the French-manufactured Lagoon 420 Hybrid sailing catamaran, and Coniston Launches from the UK, for the conversion of diesel tourist launches to a solar-powered and generator supported electric drive system. 

The Mansura Trophy was established in recognition of Royal Thames Yacht Club member Jack Delmar-Morgan. An early pioneer in electrical and automotive retailing, he created in 1912 a unique motoryacht called Mansura. Designed to run selectively under petrol, electric or sail power – or any combination of these sources – she was impressive in her silent running, ease of operation and manoeuvrability, and was considered ahead of her time in terms of ecology and innovation. 

Delmar-Morgan’s grandson, Julian Delmar-Morgan, and David Barratt commissioned the Mansura Trophy, which is a bronze replica of the horse’s head which adorned the tiller on the Mansura. The Royal Thames Mansura Trophy is managed by a board of Trustees appointed by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, the world’s oldest continuously operating yacht club, and the Royal Yachting Association. Jack Edwards, Chairman of the Board, says he is delighted to welcome The Bosch Group as a supporter of this innovative ecological initiative. 

Bernhard Bihr, President of Bosch Engineering GmbH, commented “We are delighted to be associated with this trophy which recognises and rewards innovation in hybrid technologies. Bosch has gained a reputation as innovators in a variety of industrial markets and Bosch Engineering is at the forefront of new technologies for the automotive and related industries. Our work is based on a modular system. We single out individual systems and components from the wide range of products offered by the Bosch Group and tailor them individually to our customers' needs”. 

The 2010 Royal Thames Mansura Trophy will be presented in May 2011. Submissions for entries must be received by 1st March 2011. 

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