A pioneering Liverpool company acclaimed for designing and building innovative workboats and dredgers to clean up pollution from the world’s waterways is celebrating this week.
Waterwitch founded in1965 has built a new boat for the Cardiff Harbour Authority and will be launching the boat to coincide with the Volvo Ocean Race.
As part of the Race, the ‘Turn The Tide on Plastic’ team supported by Cleanseas.org are competing to promote the fight of plastics in our oceans.
As Waterwitch director Jackie Caddick explained:
“It’s the second boat order we’ve had from the Cardiff Harbour Authority, helping Cardiff Harbour to clean up the Cardiff Barrage which was originally a catalyst for regeneration in Cardiff Bay.
“Fed by two rivers, since completion, all the debris, trash and plastics that would have normally found itself to the sea became trapped within the Cardiff Harbour by the Barrage which occupies approximately 500 hectares of water space.
“Initially, Cardiff Harbour Authority tackled the problem by purchasing one of Waterwitch’s specialist, high capacity, surface dredgers which made easy work of recovering the debris…anything from telegraph poles, lpg bottles, shopping trolleys and tyres, to plastic bottles and styrofoam food containers.
“During the initial 12 months, more than 892 tonnes of litter and debris were removed by the boat – an average of 10 skip loads a week.
“The original vessel is now 18 years old, so Cardiff Harbour Authority decided in 2017 that it was time to replace her with a new Water Witch. Having taken 9 months to build becoming the 76th Water Witch to be built by the company, she will be delivered in time for the Volvo Ocean Race visit to the U.K. and we’re all really excited.
“We’ll have the opportunity of meeting the team ‘Turn The Tide on Plastic’ supported by Cleanseas.org who are racing to promote the fight of plastics in our oceans…a campaign that thankfully has now entered the hearts and minds of the UK population.”
More information about Waterwitch can be found at waterwitch.com