Hull’s MMS Workboats has launched a new vessel to clean up waterways.
The company, part of MMS Ship Repair & Dry Dock Company, has brought the zero emission Envirocat All-Electric Eco 8.5 to market. It is described as a cutting-edge plastic and debris collection vessel, built to aid drainage, navigation and water-based industries such as fish farming and other aquaculture endeavours.
The brainchild of MMS managing director Rob Langton, it has been developed in conjunction with naval architecture firm Rockabill Marine Design of Southampton. He said it was a direct response to the increasing need for plastic removal worldwide.
Citing recent studies that have found 5,000 pieces of plastic and 150 plastic bottles strewn across each mile of UK coastline, with most of this waste entering seas and oceans through rivers and inland waterways, MrLangton said: “This launch underscores our dedication to providing efficient, reliable, and eco-friendly solutions to our customers.
“The Envirocat All-Electric Eco 8.5 is the latest version of our popular Envirocat pollution control range, and marks a significant milestone in our commitment to environmental sustainability and innovation. We are proud to introduce a zero-emission vessel that not only helps clean our waterways but also supports the growth of eco-conscious industries like aquaculture, without a hefty price tag.”
Built at the firm’s city base, the 8.5m vessel can be operated by a single user, enabling efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly clearance of plastic and flotsam from the water’s surface.
It is powered by two electric outboard motors, and the vessel has storage capacity for three cubic metres of waste, with harbours, ports, marinas, lakes, and canals – as well as supporting fish farming and aquaculture operations – seen as key deployments. Based on a catamaran design, it is constructed with marine-grade aluminium, with the team stating how it ensures both durability and longevity, while keeping maintenance costs to a minimum. Trials are being offered in Hull.
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