New £40 million eco-yacht collects five TONNES of plastic from the ocean every day and recycles it to produce renewable fuel as it sails

Designs for the new eco-yacht have been unveiled at a boat show in Southampton, in Hampshire Plastic will be chopped finely, milled and processed through onboard machinery and turned into fuel This machinery will destroy the ocean waste completely with 'minimal atmospheric pollution' The 'Ocean Saviour' will become the first vessel ever to power itself by recycling ocean waste into fuel Designs for a £40 million ($52 million) new eco-yacht that will collect plastic from the ocean and recycle it as it sails have been unveiled in Southampton. The 'Ocean Saviour' is designed to scoop up a staggering five tonnes of plastic pollution each day and will become the first vessel ever to power itself by recycling ocean waste into fuel. Plastic will be chopped finely, milled and processed through onboard machinery which will destroy it completely with minimal atmospheric pollution. The firm which designed the ship says it was inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet documentary, narrated by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Described as 'the combine harvester of the seas', it has been designed with two booms on either side of the 70 metre-long (230ft) vessel which will funnel floating pollution into a conveyor. The pioneering plans, revealed today at Southampton Boat Show, lay out how this will then bring the ocean waste onboard the Ocean Saviour, where it will be recycled using a high tech process. The finely-chopped product will then be used to fuel the vessel, meaning it can power itself for months on end. Richard Roberts, of Southampton-based TheYachtMarket, is the project's co-founder and said he was inspired to create the ship after watching Blue Planet. Latest figures show eight million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. We now produce 335 million tonnes every year - five times the amount generated 50 years ago - and over five trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean.
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