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World Leaders in Waterway Cleanup

A simple mission

Provide cost effective, efficient solutions to help clean up our marine environment.

Over 200 of our debris collection and trash retrieval workboats operate around the world, combating the growing tide of plastics in our seas including Hong Kong, New York, Cape Town, Kuwait, and London.

Our range of workboats have been developed to offer users a versatile, multi-purpose craft or pontoon boat that can perform a wide range of duties in addition to efficient aquatic trash and debris removal.

Problems With Debris and Plastic Trash

Marine Debris can consist of household garbage, food containers, wood and logs, trees, sewage, oil, aquatic vegetation and dead fish, but a significant portion of the pollution will be from commercial and industrial operations. Whilst fishing gear, cargo, oil and other marine waste are possible ocean sources, most marine debris comes from land-based sources, either through storm outlets, fly-tipping or discarded litter. Most of this trash is made of non-degradable plastics such as bottles, carrier bags, food and household containers and poses a significant threat to our marine environment. Ultimately, these items end up as micro-plastics and contaminate our fish stocks and food chain.

Problems With Debris and Plastic Trash

Marine Debris can consist of household garbage, food containers, wood and logs, trees, sewage, oil, aquatic vegetation and dead fish, but a significant portion of the pollution will be from commercial and industrial operations. Whilst fishing gear, ship’s cargo, oil and other marine waste are possible ocean sources, most marine debris comes from land-based sources, either through storm outlets, fly-tipping or discarded litter. Most of this trash is made of non-degradable plastics such as bottles, carrier bags, food and household containers and poses a significant threat to our marine environment. Ultimately, these items end up as micro-plastics and contaminate our fish stocks and food chain.

versi-cat Trash Skimmer

Water Witch surface dredger

Skip Barge

Utility Boat

Floating Pontoons

Versi-Cat Trash Skimmer Boat

Technical Specification
Model 6m Pontoon  7m Versi-Cat 8m Versi-Cat
Length (Hull) 5.83m (19') 7m (23') 8m (26' 3")
Breadth 2.30m (7' 7") 2.50m (8' 2") 2.50m (8' 2")
Depth 0.70m (2' 4") 0.70m (2' 4") 0.70m (2' 4")
Operating Draft (unladen) 0.20m (8") 0.20m (8") 0.20m (8")
Displacement (unladen) inc. Basket 700kg (1543 lbs) 1,200kg inc. cab (2645 lbs) 1,200kg (2645 lbs)

The Versi-Cat is extremely adaptable for a huge range of applications ranging from fast-response to pollution control needs, to mobile pump out  service, diving and maintenance support. This vessel really earns her keep!

The design incorporates a variety of 'pods' that sit between the twin hulls enabling many tasks to be undertaken. The pod system allows heavy items to be loaded directly onto the quayside and lifted onto the vessel via a crane with no need to manhandle the equipment to the water.

Marine Litter and Trash Collection

The Versi-Cat's principle function is the efficient collection of litter, debris and aquatic vegetation from the water surface into a removable basket, which can be lifted and tipped directly into a skip or shore side receptacle for disposal. The design allows floatables to simply collect between the hulls without any complex equipment or machinery. When not in collection mode the basket can be winched up to ensure good transit speeds, and the system can even be operated with the deck plates in position. The 7m and 8m hulls offer a spacious working deck area with room for waste sorting.

Load Carrying

The Cargo Pod is designed specifically for transporting up to 1 tonne of cargo and equipment for use on or off the water. The pod can be craned in and out of the Buddy empty or full, allowing the operator to keep a range of pre-configured pods on hand for jobs such as discrete mobile pump-out and grey water storage, wash down and waste disposal. Harbour operators can efficiently service boats on berth or at anchor with their liquid and solid waste disposal requirement and flexible storage options include built in holding tanks or portable IBC containers.

Electric Propulsion

Using the latest technology, we can now offer fully electric propulsion for our Versi-Cat trash skimmer vessels. This allows our customers to benefit from considerably lower maintenance and running costs as well as zero emissions operation.

 

 

Water Witch Workboats Mk. 2 / Mk. 3 

Technical Specification
Outline Specification Mk. 2 Mk. 3
Length (Hull) 7.2m (23' 7") 8.2m (26' 10")
Breadth 2.95m (9' 8") 2.95m (9' 8")
Operating Draft 0.90m (2' 11") 0.90m (2' 11")
Displacement 10,000kg (22,000 lbs) 12,500kg (27,500 lbs)
Engine Max Power 96kW (130hp) 143kW (190hp)
Maximum Speed 6.5 knots 8.5 knots
Loader Performance
Lift Capacity to Full Height 750kg (1650 lbs) 1000kg (2200lbs)
Max. Lift Height (above waterline) 3m (9' 10") 3.8m (12' 5")
Dig Depth (below waterline - standard loader) 1m (3' 3") 1m (3' 3")
Dig Depth (below waterline - Deep Dig arms) 3.65m (12') 3.65m (12')

A unique and robust multi-purpose workboat

A true multi-purpose, powerful workboat - the Water Witch provides ultimate flexibility, maximum reliability, combined with easy maintenance for quick and effective marine pollution solutions.

The unique Water Witch features a powerful front end loader which can lift up to 1000kg and reach to 3.65m below the waterline. A quick-release system ensures a range of loader attachments can be easily fitted in seconds. Attachments available include dredge buckets, log grapples, weed cutters/rippers, access platforms, cranes and more.

Proven with over 50 years of operation, the Water Witch range of innovative workboats offer reliable, powerful performance in the harshest of conditions. Designed using the latest 3D CAD systems and manufactured the highest standards from quality 6mm Lloyds Grade 'A' plate, The craft is designed to offer maximum versatility, ease of use and a minimum of maintenance.

Water Witch workboats can be custom built to your exact specifications and requirements. The wide range of equipment and attachments ensure a wide variety of tasks can be performed from one single workboat, such as:

  • Litter & marine debris recovery
  • Aquatic weed control
  • Dredging & profiling
  • Oil spill response
  • General harbour support

Both versions are available with a range of cabin configurations, low-profile options and a range of equipment.

Skip Barges

Technical Specification
Outline Specification Single Skipper Barge Twin Skipper Barge
Length 4.25m (14') 9 .8m (32')
Breadth 3.05m (10') 3m (9' 10")
Depth 1.1m (3' 8") 1.07m (3' 8")
Capacity Weight 8t (17,600 lbs ) 16t (35,200 lbs )
Capacity Volume 6m3 (20 cu. ft.) 12m3 (40 cu. ft.)

A flexible and efficient transport and storage solution

Our unique range of modular Skip Barges allows recovered debris and waste to be stored and transported using transfer skips employed by waste removal contractors world-wide.

Loading and discharging fully-laden skips is fast, and without any manual handling, enabling Water Witch operators to immediately resume work.

Each barge features quick-connect couplings to allow additional units to be connected to suit capacity requirements.

Available in a wide range of sizes and designs

Skip Barges can be manufactured as a single or twin options, connectable in fleet form - instantly doubling your storage/transport capacity.

  • Flexible design to suit local waste transfer systems
  • Efficient and cost-effective solution to storing and transporting recovered debris, litter, aquatic weed, logs, silt or oil
  • Highly flexible range of storage options to meet each customer's individual requirements
  • Road transportable and easy handling with built in lifting points
  • Range of deck configurations and equipment options including heavy duty fendering, access ladders, handrails, storage lockers and bilge pump.

Built from highest quality 6mm all welded Grade A shipyard steel for strength and durability - scantlings exceed Lloyds Register requirements.

Aluminium Utility Boat

Technical Specification
Outline Specification AUB 3.8 AUB 4.8 AUB 5.8
Length (Hull) 3.80m (12' 6") 4.80m (15' 9") 5.80m (19')
Breadth 1.50m (4' 11") 1.85m (6') 1.85m (6')
Depth 0.60m (2') 0.80m (2') 0.80m (2' 3")
Max Load 314kg 437kg 485kg
Engine (Max.) 15hp (11kw) 30hp (22kw) 30hp (22kw)

A robust, lightweight, no nonsense workhorse, built from 4mm 5083 marine-grade aluminium, designed to meet strength and stability requirements for commercial craft.

The all-welded construction offers decades of maintenance-free service and low cost of ownership. The lightweight hull features built-in buoyancy, flexible seating configurations and storage options, and requires relatively low engine power for impressive performance.

The shallow 'V' hull provides excellent stability whilst being capable of working in very shallow waters. A durable tubular gunwhale provides additional strength and protection. Slip-resistant self draining 4.5mm treadplate floors offer a generous working area (3.8m2 of usable floor space on the 5.8m version).

The Water Witch  AUB range is available in various hull, seating and console configurations to meet owner's exact requirements at reasonable cost.  As all boats are built to order, customers can specify many extras, including heavy duty bollards, towing posts, storage lockers, rubber fendering and push knees.

Optional MCA Small Commercial Vessel Certification or other approvals as required.

The 4.8m and 5.8m Aluminium Utility Boats are designed for Cat C Waters and meet the appropriate ISO standards Stability including the Offset Load Test and Level Floatation Standard, Swamped Stability Test and Swamped Buoyancy Tests.

Modular Floating Pontoons, Platforms, Docks & Barges

Water Witch can offer a wide variety of self propelled aluminium pontoons to provide the ultimate work platform.

These modular designs are built from certified 5083 marine grade aluminium for strength, durability and ease of maintenance. The weight-saving characteristics of aluminium offers the advantage of easy of transportation.

Designed as a lightweight and easy to handle pontoon boat, these shallow draught platforms can be used almost anywhere and are ideal for TV and film support, working on quaysides, bridge maintenance, dive support, general construction work and equipment transport.

Self-Propelled Pontoon Workboats

Our range of highly portable, lightweight self propelled pontoon workboats and work platforms powered by tiller or remote operated outboards are available from 3.0m up to 9.0m. Designed specifically for working on inland rivers and waterways, marinas and harbours, the pontoon boat is shallow draughted and can be easily launched off our custom road trailer. We also feature built in lifting points as standard, heavy duty winch points fore and aft and removable handrails. These modular pontoons come in various deck configurations and can be interconnected if required.

Optional equipment

  • Scaffold tower
  • Removable hand/safety railings
  • Moon Pool
  • Debris Collection Pod
  • Skip Pod
  • Loading Ramps
  • Dive ladders
  • A frame for mooring inspections

The unique modular design can handle various loads, equipment hauling payload and floatation requirements to ISO 12217-3 stability and buoyancy. Standard sizes range from 3m to 8m and various widths with two or tri hull options. Custom build designs are also available, including out of gauge bolt-together systems for easy shipment .  Multiple units can be combined with inter-connectors and pinned together to make almost any size.

Decks can be set up for canopies, helms, workstations, collapsible wheelhouses, etc.

 

Transportation/Mobilisation

  • Optional bolt together design for platforms exceeding 2.3m for shipment in a standard container.
  • Can loaded and stored in a stacked arrangement - lift off handrails.
  • Custom twin axle tilt trailers for towing bia 4 x 4 vehicles are available for easy transportation and launch/recovery
  • Built in lifting points as standard.

Versi-Cat Trash Skimmer Boat

Technical Specification
Model 6m Pontoon  7m Versi-Cat 8m Versi-Cat
Length (Hull) 5.83m (19′) 7m (23′) 8m (26′ 3″)
Breadth 2.30m (7′ 7″) 2.50m (8′ 2″) 2.50m (8′ 2″)
Depth 0.70m (2′ 4″) 0.70m (2′ 4″) 0.70m (2′ 4″)
Operating Draft (unladen) 0.20m (8″) 0.20m (8″) 0.20m (8″)
Displacement (unladen) inc. Basket 700kg (1543 lbs) 1,200kg inc. cab (2645 lbs) 1,200kg (2645 lbs)

The Versi-Cat is extremely adaptable for a huge range of applications ranging from fast-response to pollution control needs, to mobile pump out  service, diving and maintenance support. This vessel really earns her keep!

The design incorporates a variety of ‘pods’ that sit between the twin hulls enabling many tasks to be undertaken. The pod system allows heavy items to be loaded directly onto the quayside and lifted onto the vessel via a crane with no need to manhandle the equipment to the water.

Marine Litter and Trash Collection

The Versi-Cat’s principle function is the efficient collection of litter, debris and aquatic vegetation from the water surface into a removable basket, which can be lifted and tipped directly into a skip or shore side receptacle for disposal. The design allows floatables to simply collect between the hulls without any complex equipment or machinery. When not in collection mode the basket can be winched up to ensure good transit speeds, and the system can even be operated with the deck plates in position. The 7m and 8m hulls offer a spacious working deck area with room for waste sorting.

Load Carrying

The Cargo Pod is designed specifically for transporting up to 1 tonne of cargo and equipment for use on or off the water. The pod can be craned in and out of the Buddy empty or full, allowing the operator to keep a range of pre-configured pods on hand for jobs such as discrete mobile pump-out and grey water storage, wash down and waste disposal. Harbour operators can efficiently service boats on berth or at anchor with their liquid and solid waste disposal requirement and flexible storage options include built in holding tanks or portable IBC containers.

Electric Propulsion

Using the latest technology, we can now offer fully electric propulsion for our Versi-Cat trash skimmer vessels. This allows our customers to benefit from considerably lower maintenance and running costs as well as zero emissions operation.

Water Witch Workboats Mk. 2 / Mk. 3 

Technical Specification
Outline Specification Mk. 2 Mk. 3
Length (Hull) 7.2m (23′ 7″) 8.2m (26′ 10″)
Breadth 2.95m (9′ 8″) 2.95m (9′ 8″)
Operating Draft 0.90m (2′ 11″) 0.90m (2′ 11″)
Displacement 10,000kg (22,000 lbs) 12,500kg (27,500 lbs)
Engine Max Power 96kW (130hp) 143kW (190hp)
Maximum Speed 6.5 knots 8.5 knots
Loader Performance
Lift Capacity to Full Height 750kg (1650 lbs) 1000kg (2200lbs)
Max. Lift Height (above waterline) 3m (9′ 10″) 3.8m (12′ 5″)
Dig Depth (below waterline – standard loader) 1m (3′ 3″) 1m (3′ 3″)
Dig Depth (below waterline – Deep Dig arms) 3.65m (12′) 3.65m (12′)

A unique and robust multi-purpose workboat

A true multi-purpose, powerful workboat – the Water Witch provides ultimate flexibility, maximum reliability, combined with easy maintenance for quick and effective marine pollution solutions.

The unique Water Witch features a powerful front end loader which can lift up to 1000kg and reach to 3.65m below the waterline. A quick-release system ensures a range of loader attachments can be easily fitted in seconds. Attachments available include dredge buckets, log grapples, weed cutters/rippers, access platforms, cranes and more.

Proven over nearly 50 years of operation, the Water Witch range of innovative workboats offer reliable, powerful performance in the harshest of conditions. Designed using the latest 3d CAD systems and manufactured the highest standards from quality 6mm Lloyds Grade ‘A’ plate, The craft is designed to offer maximum versatility, ease of use and a minimum of maintenance.

Water Witch workboats can be custom built to your exact specifications and requirements. The wide range of equipment and attachments ensure a wide variety of tasks can be performed from one single workboat, such as:

  • Litter & marine debris recovery
  • Aquatic weed control
  • Dredging & profiling
  • Oil spill response
  • General harbour support

Both versions are available with a range of cabin configurations, low-profile options and a range of equipment.

Skip Barges

Technical Specification
Outline Specification Single Skipper Barge Twin Skipper Barge
Length 4.25m (14′) 9 .8m (32′)
Breadth 3.05m (10′) 3m (9′ 10″)
Depth 1.1m (3′ 8″) 1.07m (3′ 8″)
Capacity Weight 8t (17,600 lbs ) 16t (35,200 lbs )
Capacity Volume 6m3 (20 cu. ft.) 12m3 (40 cu. ft.)

A flexible and efficient transport and storage solution

Our unique range of modular Skip Barges allows recovered debris and waste to be stored and transported using transfer skips employed by waste removal contractors world-wide.

Loading and discharging fully-laden skips is fast, and without any manual handling, enabling Water Witch operators to immediately resume work.

Each barge features quick-connect couplings to allow additional units to be connected to suit capacity requirements.

Available in a wide range of sizes and designs

Skip Barges can be manufactured as a single or twin options, connectable in fleet form – instantly doubling your storage/transport capacity.

  • Flexible design to suit local waste transfer systems
  • Efficient and cost-effective solution to storing and transporting recovered debris, litter, aquatic weed, logs, silt or oil
  • Highly flexible range of storage options to meet each customer’s individual requirements
  • Road transportable and easy handling with built in lifting points
  • Range of deck configurations and equipment options including heavy duty fendering, access ladders, handrails, storage lockers and bilge pump.

Built from highest quality 6mm all welded Grade A shipyard steel for strength and durability – scantlings exceed Lloyds Register requirements.

Aluminium Utility Boat

Technical Specification
Outline Specification AUB 3.8 AUB 4.8 AUB 5.8
Length (Hull) 3.80m (12′ 6″) 4.80m (15′ 9″) 5.80m (19′)
Breadth 1.50m (4′ 11″) 1.85m (6′) 1.85m (6′)
Depth 0.60m (2′) 0.80m (2′) 0.80m (2′ 3″)
Max Load 314kg 437kg 485kg
Engine (Max.) 15hp (11kw) 30hp (22kw) 30hp (22kw)

A robust, lightweight, no nonsense workhorse, built from 4mm 5083 marine-grade aluminium, designed to meet strength and stability requirements for commercial craft.

The all-welded construction offers decades of maintenance-free service and low cost of ownership. The lightweight hull features built-in buoyancy, flexible seating configurations and storage options, and requires relatively low engine power for impressive performance.

The shallow ‘V’ hull provides excellent stability whilst being capable of working in very shallow waters. A durable tubular gunwhale provides additional strength and protection. Slip-resistant self draining 4.5mm treadplate floors offer a generous working area (3.8m2 of usable floor space on the 5.8m version).

The Water Witch  AUB range is available in various hull, seating and console configurations to meet owner’s exact requirements at reasonable cost.  As all boats are built to order, customers can specify many extras, including heavy duty bollards, towing posts, storage lockers, rubber fendering and push knees.

Optional MCA Small Commercial Vessel Certification or other approvals as required.

The 4.8m and 5.8m Aluminium Utility Boats are designed for Cat C Waters and meet the appropriate ISO standards Stability including the Offset Load Test and Level Floatation Standard, Swamped Stability Test and Swamped Buoyancy Tests.

Modular Floating Pontoons, Platforms, Docks & Barges

Water Witch can offer a wide variety of self propelled aluminium pontoons to provide the ultimate work platform.

These modular designs are built from certified 5083 marine grade aluminium for strength, durability and ease of maintenance. The weight-saving characteristics of aluminium offers the advantage of easy of transportation.

Designed to be lightweight and easy to handle, these shallow draught platforms can be used almost anywhere and are ideal for TV and film support, working on quaysides, bridge maintenance, dive support, general construction work and equipment transport.

Self-Propelled Pontoon Workboats

Our range of highly portable, lightweight self propelled pontoon workboats and work platforms powered by tiller or remote operated outboards are available from 3.0m up to 9.0m. Designed specifically for working on inland rivers and waterways, marinas and harbours,  the platform is shallow draughted and can be easily launched off our custom road trailer. We also feature built in lifting points as standard, heavy duty winch points fore and aft and removable handrails. These modular pontoons come in various deck configurations and can be interconnected if required.

Optional equipment

  • Scaffold tower
  • Removable hand/safety railings
  • Moon Pool
  • Debris Collection Pod
  • Skip Pod
  • Loading Ramps
  • Dive ladders
  • A frame for mooring inspections

The unique modular design can handle various loads, equipment hauling payload and floatation requirements to ISO 12217-3 stability and buoyancy. Standard sizes range from 3m to 8m and various widths with two or tri hull options. Custom build designs are also available, including out of gauge bolt-together systems for easy shipment .  Multiple units can be combined with inter-connectors and pinned together to make almost any size.

Decks can be set up for canopies, helms, workstations, collapsible wheelhouses, etc.

 

Transportation/Mobilisation

  • Optional bolt together design for platforms exceeding 2.3m for shipment in a standard container.
  • Can loaded and stored in a stacked arrangement – lift off handrails.
  • Custom twin axle tilt trailers for towing bia 4 x 4 vehicles are available for easy transportation and launch/recovery
  • Built in lifting points as standard.

A tried and tested solution

Water Witch have over 50 years’ experience. From the early 1960s working in the Liverpool docks, our team have honed their skills, their experience and their equipment. We now operate across Europe and the Middle East with our range of customisable trash skimmers, barges and dredgers.

Our fleet are tried and tested. Currently, there are several projects underway to try and tackling ocean waste, but these are still in the proof of concept stage.

We partner with waterway management, and port authorities and tourist resorts to provide peace of mind. 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the oceans every year from coastal regions.

Keeping Paradise Intact

 

In the last few years, the headlines have been dominated by the staggering amounts of waste and plastics polluting beaches and harbours in the world’s popular tourist destinations. This is having a massive negative effect on tourist numbers. People are now realising that in order to maintain business growth they need to be sustainable and manage their waste in an efficient and costly manner.

Water Witch work in a number of destinations across the world – from historic docklands to man-made resorts. We understand that having clean, safe and crystal clear water is often the number one selling point of a destination. Being clean and green is now a priority for tourist resorts – but often hoteliers, resort operators and authorities lack the resources or equipment to maintain them.

We work with Marina, Dock and Waterfront operators around the globe. We know that your business needs a partner who can step in and manage your water environment with a minimal amount of hassle.

We ensure that your prestigious waterfronts are safe, attractive and clean.

We want your visitors to be delighted with your facilities and for you to be proud of your waterfront.

Water Witch trash skimmer and  waterway maintenance workboats can help you deliver efficient management and maintenance of your marine environment with minimal stress.

Tonnes of debris collected since 1963

Tonnes of debris collected since 1963

Australia

Belgium

Brunei Darussalam

Cuba

England

France

Gibraltar

India

Indonesia

Iran

Ireland

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Malaysia

Morocco

Netherlands

Nigeria

Northern Ireland

Norway

Pakistan

Philippines

Qatar

Republic of Korea

Romania

Saudi Arabia

Scotland

Singapore

South Africa

Spain

Switzerland

Thailand

United Arab Emirates

United States

Wales

Keeping Paradise Intact

 

In the last few years, the headlines have been dominated by the staggering amounts of waste polluting beaches and harbours in the world’s popular tourist destinations. This is having a massive negative effect on tourist numbers. People are now realising that in order to maintain business growth they need to be sustainable and manage their waste in an efficient and costly manner.

Water Witch work in a number of destinations across the world – from historic docklands to man-made resorts. We understand that having clean water and crystal clear oceans is often the number one selling point of a destination. Being clean and green is now a priority for tourist resorts – but often hoteliers, resort operators and authorities lack the resources or equipment to maintain them.

We work with a number of luxury tourist destinations in Europe and Middle East and have developed experience in working in all environments from historic harbours to man-made resorts. We know that your business needs a partner who can step in and manage your resort’s water environment with a minimal amount of hassle.

We ensure that your prestigious waterfronts are safe, attractive and clean.

We want your visitors to be delighted with your facilities and for you to be proud of your waterfront.

We have extensive experience working within a variety of international regulations and with waste management companies. We can, therefore, help you deliver efficient management of your marine environment with minimal stress.

We ensure that your marinas and waterfronts remain pristine for your clients.

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Our products are supported by a worldwide network of distributors and representatives.

 

If you need more information, a copy of our video, or assistance with your waterway problem, please contact us.

 

+44 (0)151 207 4874 | info@waterwitch.com

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