Le Manta - A giant catamaran making an assault on pollution

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The result of three years of research and development, the Manta is a giant catamaran, the first factory boat capable of collecting and recycling large quantities of floating plastic macro-waste at sea. With a waste collection and treatment capacity of 1 to 3 tons per hour, the Manta's objective is to rid the oceans of 5,000 to 10,000 tons of plastic waste per year. Its biomimetic design, innovative hybrid propulsion system and power supply from renewable energy sources will enable the Manta to operate 75% of the time autonomously, without using fossil fuels, with a minimal environmental footprint. The Manta is scheduled for launch in 2024.
Technical specifications:
Length: 185’ (56.5 m)
Beam: 85’ (26 m)
Draft: 10’ (3.1 m)
Air draft: 205’ (62.5 m)
Light displacement: 1,600 t
Laden Displacement: 1,900 t
Sail area: 16,150 sq ft (1,500 m²)
Average speed: 6 knots
Max speed: 12 knots
Range: 3,500 nm
Number of people on board: 34

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