IT’S been nicknamed the combine harvester of the seas – a yacht that will scoop up plastic from the ocean and recycle it as it sails.
The Ocean Saviour, unveiled yesterday, is designed to collect five tonnes of plastic waste a day. It will be the first vessel to power itself by turning the waste into fuel.
The 70metre vessel has booms on either side which will funnel floating pollution into it.
The plastic will be chopped finely, milled and heated to super-high temperatures to produce gas that can be burned for energy with minimal pollution, making the £40million catamaran self-powering. The Ocean Saviour design was revealed by yacht brokers TheYachtMarket at the Southampton Boat Show.