The SeaCleaners presents The Manta : the first concentrated ecology and technology factory ship capable of collecting, processing and recovering large quantities of marine plastic waste.A new 56-metre-long Manta sailboat will help fight the ocean plastic pollution crisis with its first-of-its-kind collection and processing capacities.
Built from low-carbon steel, the Manta is a virtuous energy recovery unit wrapped up in a 185-foot sailboat design. It features a custom electric hybrid propulsion system enabling it to travel at controlled speeds of between two and three knots, the optimum speed for waste collection. The MANTA is an autonomous vessel that is powered by renewable energy, making it an environmentally friendly solution to a critical environmental issue.Around 500kW of onboard renewable energy is generated via two wind turbines located at the stern, 500 square meters of photovoltaic solar panels at the bow.
Under the banner of MANTA INNOVATION, the technical team develops a range of groundbreaking solutions against plastic pollution among which a bold and original project: the Manta. This first-of-a-kind processing ship is designed to collect, treat and repurpose large volumes of floating plastic debris present in highly polluted waters, along the coasts, in estuaries and in the mouths of large rivers.
Depending on the density and closeness of the layers of waste, the Manta can collect between 1 to 3 tonnes of waste per hour, with the objective of collecting 5 to 10,000 tonnes per year. It can operate for up to 20 hours a day, 7 days a week.The Manta is equipped with four complementary collection systems:Waste-collecting conveyors, which bring the waste on board.Three floatable collection systems, which have a collection span of 66 metres, and pick up surface waste.Two small, multi-purpose collection boats, or “Mobulas,” which can pick up both micro- and macro-plastic waste from the shallowest and narrowest parts of the ocean that the Manta can’t get to.Two lateral cranes, which pull out the largest pieces of floating debris from the water.via.read more: theseacleaners