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Green magic

A range of specialised clean-up boats is about to get cleaner and greener with electric power now offered as a replacement for the standard, up until now, four-cycle outboards.

Some estimates suggest that upwards of 300 million tons of plastic have entered the water since the 1940s, harming marine life and damaging ecosystems. Harbours are often the last opportunity to intercept plastic before it enters the ocean, where it is much more difficult to remove. The Torqeedo-powered vessels will provide an efficient, emission-free solution to remove plastics and debris in waterways and harbours.

“This is a clean, green, safe, zero-emission solution with long life, low maintenance and minimal operating costs,” says Water Witch director Jackie Caddick. “The main advantage of working with Torqeedo is, as a builder and vessel designer, we benefit from the engineering and technological developments put into the products, their highly efficient performance and reliability, and most importantly a cost-effective option for electric drive. The support available for professional installers is very impressive.”

The Torqeedo propulsion package for the Versi-Cat litter collection craft and pontoon workboats consists of a Cruise 10.0 outboard with two Power 48 intelligent lithium-ion batteries weighing just 36 kg each. A cockpit control panel gives the operator a view of system status, including range at current speed. The system delivers six to eight hours of service between charges.

Caddick believes that electric mobility will be the wave of the future for their specialised vessels. “Clients are increasingly looking towards green technology to support their water and waste management services, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and create a better environment for their own stakeholders. We believe our fully electric solutions meet all these goals.”

“It just makes good sense that a boat working to clean up pollution should not add to the problem by causing pollution in the water or through emissions.”

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