The SeeHamster21. October 2020 2023-07-02 9:00
SeeHamster are the smallest unit of “Maritime waste collection” vessels, compact catamarans with a length of about 4.5 meters and a width of 2 meters and a low draught.
They formed the first practical implementation in 2012, with which the functionality of the collection concept was tested in reality. SeeHamsters are used in inland waters such as lakes and rivers worldwide.
Initially, SeeHamster worked with a fold-down fishing net to collect the (plastic) garbage. Over the years, the cleaning concept has been adapted to the prevailing needs on site: in the meantime, ramp and conveyor belt constructions are also used. SeeHamsters have a collection capacity of up to 500 kg.
In 2020, the fifth improved generation of SeeHamster ships was put into operation in Cambodia.
So far, they have been working with conventional outboard motors. The project on Java will use electric motors for the first time, which are refuelled with solar energy.
SeeHamster are currently in use in Germany, Cambodia, Indonesia and Egypt. The largest one – SeeHamster 6 with 3 x 6 metres – is intended for the new project in the Philippines.
At the beginning of 2023, another model will be built in Uganda for use on Lake Victoria. This SeeHamster will be 9 m long and 5 m wide – almost the dimensions of a sea cow. The hulls of the catamaran are already under construction on site.