Our oceans
need a saviour


This pioneering project is the brainchild of Richard W. Roberts and Simon White, founders of TheYachtMarket.com who were, like so many of us, left devastated by the incredible BBC Blue Planet series presented by Sir David Attenborough and produced by James Honeyborne.

Compelled by the need to do something to tackle the extraordinary plight of our oceans, Richard and Simon began throwing around some ideas with some of the world’s top naval architects and yacht designers, in an attempt to look at new ways to bring together existing technologies to tackle the problem. In a worldwide attack on plastics Ocean Saviour will directly commence the massive undertaking to ensure a cleaner legacy for future generations.

Ocean Saviour is a world-first, self-powering 70m tri-deck clean-up vessel, purposefully engineered to locate, retrieve and recycle plastic from the ocean to preserve one of our most valuable assets for future generations.

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Our oceans

  • Approximately 335 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, five times what we produced 50 years ago, with 8 million tonnes of this ends up in our oceans.
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between California and Hawaii, contains an estimated 80,000 tonnes of plastic, equating to over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean

“It’s staggering to think that there is currently over five trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean which is having a huge detrimental impact on our ecosystem and the ocean’s biodiversity. It’s essential that we remove plastic before it breaks down into microplastics and, through Ocean Saviour, we aim to eradicate the ocean of this problem.”

Richard W. Roberts, CEO and co-founder of TheYachtMarket

How it

  • A forward facing deployable conveyor is located between the hulls
  • The front conveyor dips into the water and waste is taken directly onto the deck to be processed
  • Manta Collector Array (MCA) booms can be deployed to port and starboard which direct ocean borne plastic waste into an oversized mesh collector
  • The content of the MCA and side collectors are craned directly up to the main deck for processing
  • Provision has been made to repatriate any wildlife that could be picked up
  • There are two plastic recycling processes currently being investigated including plasma gasification or crush bailing. Gasification will produce syngas which may be used to then fuel the vessel
  • Ghost nets can be navigated to the rear of the ship for recovery by deck hoists
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With years of combined experience, we've got a well-seasoned team at the helm.

  • Richard W. Roberts - Co-founder Ocean Saviour

  • Simon White - Co-founder Ocean Saviour

  • Ricky Smith - Interior Designer; Marine Specialist

  • Dr Andrew Baglin - Multiphase Design (B.Sc (Phys/Comp Sci), B.Eng (Nav Arch) Hons 1, PhD, AM Rina, SNAME)

  • Stuart Friezer - SFM Naval Architects (B.Sc (Maths, Comp Sci), B.Eng (Nav Arch))

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