unveils innovative ‘Ocean Saviour’ project with eco-concept designs

Ocean Saviour, a concept yacht designed to turn plastic waste into fuel, unveiled today at The Southampton Boat Show

The first yacht ever designed to turn plastic waste in the ocean into fuel was launched today by TheYachtMarket at the Southampton Boat Show.

Ocean Saviour is a self-powering 70m tri-deck clean-up vessel, engineered to find and recycle plastic from the ocean.

She works by collecting plastic waste, which is finely chopped, milled and processed using plasma gasification, with the end product becoming fuel for the yacht.

It is estimated her technology would allow her to clean up the entire Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 40 years.

The yacht’s compact waste recycling process uses advanced plasma processing developed by PyroGenesis. The technology was first used at sea on US navy aircraft carrier, Gerald R. Ford, after the navy asked for a compact way of destroying waste during long periods at sea.

Ocean Saviour is the brainchild of founders, Richard Roberts and Simon White, who have worked with David Jones, founder of Just One Ocean and a researcher in the University of Portsmouth’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Department of Geography, and marine designer Ricky Smith, naval architects Dr Andrew Baglin and Stuart Friezer, Dr Jan Feiwald from Reef Check Foundation, Rory Sinclair from Big Blue Ocean Cleanup and record-breaking yachting legends, Dee Caffari MBE and Mike Golding OBE.

David said: “As an environmentalist, scientist and simply someone who cares about the future of our planet and its oceans, I am delighted to be a part of this programme.”

The concept designs were unveiled today at TheYachtMarket’s stand at the boat show.

Her designers recommended a large-scale catamaran as the most economical and stable option.

The open plan lower deck will be one of the main working areas of the vessel and has been designed to allow ventilation with hinged storm shutters offering protection from the weather. The entire deck is dedicated to plastic removal and industrial-scale recycling. Mid-deck is home to two 12m containers which will offer research laboratory facilities or VIP accommodation and bulk storage area, aft of the crew quarters. The curved front windows will lessen the impact of rogue waves, green water and windage and offer maximum visibility for the crew. The wheelhouse is located on the third deck which will also house the main crew areas and helipad.

The design of this vessel will allow it to be chartered by relief rescue organisations when disasters strike as it is fuel efficient, fast and stable.

Mr Roberts, CEO and co-founder of TheYachtMarket, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to unveil our vision for the Ocean Saviour concept today, an initiative that I am extremely passionate about. This is very much phase one of the project and I look forward to working closely with our partners on its development.

“Our oceans are a vital resource and it is essential we all do what we can to preserve them for future generations. I’m especially pleased to work with such a talented group of individuals to help make this a reality.  It’s staggering to think that there is currently over five trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean which is having a huge detrimental impact on our ecosystem and the ocean’s biodiversity. It’s essential that we remove plastic before it breaks down into microplastics and, through Ocean Saviour, we aim to help eradicate the ocean of this problem.”

Dr Andrew Baglin of Multiphase Design, said: “I’m delighted to be working alongside Richard, Simon and the team on this project. There are several variables when calculating the amount of plastic that can be removed from the water per day, including distance to ports, the operating area of the vessel and the size of the collector array that is installed, all of which are under careful development. We produce approximately 300 million tonnes of plastic each year, five times what we produced 50 years ago, and an estimated 8 million tonnes of this ends up in our oceans every year. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains an estimated 80,000 tonnes of plastic. A single Ocean Saviour vessel aims to clear five tonnes of plastic per day, that’s nearly two kilotonnes per year. This would mean that one Ocean Saviour vessel would take 40 years to clean up the Pacific gyre using plasma technology, which can therefore be scaled if there was more than one vessel in operation.”

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How it works:

  • A forward-facing deployable conveyor is located between the hulls
  • The front conveyor dips into the water and waste is taken directly on to the deck to be processed
  • Manta Collector Array (MCA) booms can be deployed to port and starboard which direct ocean born plastic waste into an oversized mesh collector
  • The content of the MCA and side collectors are craned directly up to the main deck for processing
  • Provision has been made to repatriate any wildlife that could be picked up
  • There are two plastic recycling processes currently being investigated including plasma gasification or 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
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  1. I hope the regular investor will have an opportunity to invest in this! It definitely should be a WINNER! I want in!

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