Ocean Saviour Yacht Collects 5 Tons of Plastic a Day, Uses it as Fuel

A new £40 million yacht is in the pipeline over at, but it’s not a luxury vessel. Instead, she will clean our oceans of plastic and waste, and turn it into fuel so she can keep going.
Artist interpretation of Ocean Saviour, which will track, collect and turn plastic from the oceans into fuel 4 photos
Photo: Richard Smith Designs
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It’s called Ocean Saviour project and it’s spearheaded by founders Richard W. Roberts and Simon White, who got the idea after they saw the BBC Blue Planet series. They decided to do something on a huge scale to tackle the issue of ocean pollution, while making sure it happened with minimal negative impact on the environment.

It’s one thing to have a vessel collect plastic from the ocean, but it’s another to have it process it and turn it into something else. Case in point, the Ocean Saviour will collect an estimated 5 tons of plastic of day. All this waste will then be chopped, milled and processed through plasma gasification, and turned into fuel for the yacht.

This means that she will be able to stay afloat continuously and pollution from fuel creation will be near to zero. Early estimates indicate that she will take about 40 years to clean up the entire Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

For the time being, Ocean Saviour is still in project stage, but it already boasts an impressive team of designers, naval architects, scientists and world racing legends, Dee Caffari and Mike Golding.

“Ocean Saviour proposes an environmental revolution whereby we, as a community, undertake the immense and urgent task of physically collecting the plastics from the oceans and waterways,” designer Ricky Smith says in a statement on TheYachtMarket.

“The Ocean Saviour project is vast and will require input on many levels. This is a crusade for the liberation of our oceans from the waste created by both our brilliant technology and our disregard of the oceans,” Smith adds.
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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