On 16 September, World Cleanup Day, Damen Shipyards presented a first glimpse of its River Scooper. The vessel is designed to collect plastic waset from rivers.
Plastic pollution is a major threat to earth’s environment. Damen, in collaboration with partners such as Clewat Oy, is now building vessels to collect plastic waste from rivers, thus preventing it from spreading further.
The River Scooper is a compact, container-sized hybrid vessel, with a float out of fully recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It is capable of collecting up to 6 tonnes of plastic waste per hour.
It is fitted with a hybrid propulsion system of 100 kWh batteries able to sail on electric power. The vessel is designed circular and when it reaches end-of-life, it can be remanufactured or recycled with a cradle-to-cradle approach.
Damen says it will reveal more details of the vessel soon.
Picture by Damen Shipyards.
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