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Ocean Saviour has two 12 metre containers on the main deck that can be used to house a research laboratory or VIP cabins. On the aft main deck, behind the crew quarters, is a storage area. The helipad is located on the third deck.
The task of Ocean Saviour is to remove plastic debris from the ocean before it is broken down into microparticles.
Ocean Saviour was conceived by two colleagues from the brokerage firm TheYachtMarket, Richard Roberts andSimon White. They have called in naval architect Ricky Smith, who specialises in sustainable motoring, and design expert Dr Andrew Baglin to visualise their idea.
The authors of the project hope to launch the first Ocean Saviour in the Pacific Ocean. Richard Roberts calls the vessel «an ocean harvester» and believes its launch will bring «an environmental revolution». He stresses, however, that the project «is massive and will require investment on many levels».
The cost of the project is estimated at £40 million ($52 million).
To date, more than five trillion pieces of plastic pollute the world's oceans. And, at last count, eight million tonnes of plastic trash ends up in the ocean every year.