Recently unveiled by SeaCleaners, the Manta hybrid catamaran is designed to combat plastic pollution of the oceans in a new way. Using a biomimetic design, hybrid propulsion system and power supply from renewable energy sources, the high-tech boat will not only collect ocean waste but also process it. Ready for launch in 2024, Manta will operate autonomously 75% of the time without use fossil fuelAnd it will have the capacity to remove 5,000 to 10,000 tonnes of floating plastic every year.
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Its design allows the manta to be removed microplastics Above 10 mm and up to 1 m deep. Depending on the density and proximity of the waste layers, the catamaran can collect 1 to 3 tons of garbage every hour. Even more impressive, its hybrid capabilities mean this catamaran can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Each boat is equipped with multiple collection systems, including a set of garbage collection conveyor belts to bring the plastic sea As for the boat, three floatable systems for lifting surface waste, two small multipurpose collection rafts for shallow and narrow stretches of sea that larger catamarans cannot reach, and two lateral cranes to lift large pieces of debris from the water. to pull.
According to the designers, Manta’s first mission will be in Southeast Asia, under the leadership of the company’s founder, Yvan Borgen. After that, Manta will operate in Africa and South America, but will also intervene in temporarily polluted areas after the climate natural disasters.
The project took three years to build and will be the only working boat in the world capable of managing 100% of the plastic waste it collects. An onboard factory will help sort and treat the collected waste, while an energy conversion unit will convert the plastic into energy with minimal environmental footprint. A combination of wind turbine, hydro generator and photovoltaic solar panels will produce renewable energy riding.
To operate the sorting facilities, Manta will accommodate 22 crew members and 12 passengers, including several scientists and researchers. After three weeks at sea, the plan is to direct the boat towards coastal ports in the area to raise awareness, educate and welcome the public to activities or events. plastic pollution. As a result, Manta will provide solutions to global plastic pollution and will also act as an ambassador for marine ecosystem restoration and innovative plastic-collection technology.
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