Three years of research and development have resulted the ‘Manta’, a giant catamaran, the first factory boat designed to collect and process large quantities of floating plastic macro-waste at sea.

The SeaCleaners plan to set up a centre of expertise dedicated to the construction of pioneering ship 'Manta'

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.

This extraordinary ship will also serve as a cutting-edge scientific laboratory for the observation, analysis and understanding of ocean plastic pollution and as an educational platform open to the public. The Manta will be launched in 2024.

By Jake Frith