New eco-concept clean-up vessel
A new self-powering 70m tri-deck clean-up vessel will be engineered to locate, retrieve and recycle plastic from the ocean.
TheYachtMarket.com’s Ocean Saviour features Manta Collector Array booms at the sides and front which will deploy and draw plastics into an oversized mesh collector. The plastics will be fed into an onboard conveyor and processed through an onboard plasma gasification facility which will destroy it with minimal atmospheric pollution. The product of this process will then be used to fuel the vessel.
“This is very much phase one of the project and I look forward to working closely with our partners on its development,” said Richard Roberts, TheYachtMarket.com CEO and co-founder.
Designers collaborating with Ocean Saviour have recommended a large-scale catamaran as the most economical and stable option on the water.
The open plan lower deck will be one of the main working areas of the vessel and has been specially designed to allow ventilation with hinged storm shutters for protection against the weather. This entire deck is dedicated to plastic removal and industrial scale recycling.
Mid-deck will be home to two 12m containers with laboratory facilities and a bulk storage area.
There are two plastic recycling processes currently being investigated including plasma gasification and crush bailing. Gasification will produce syngas which may be used to then fuel the vessel.
Ghost nets can be navigated to the rear of the ship for recovery by deck hoists and provision has been made to repatriate any wildlife that could be picked up.
The curved front windows are designed to lessen the impact of rogue waves, green water and windage for fuel efficiency, making the vessel suitable for charter by relief rescue organisations.
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