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A New Boat That Does It All

March 18, 2011

Liverpool Water Witch, UK builders of an innovative range of workboats for waterway maintenance, have delivered a 7m ?Buddy? to Sandefjord Harbour in Southern Norway.

The boat has been busy cleaning during the summer and the Harbour Master, Bjornar Christiansen commented that it was doing a super job collecting all the unsightly marine debris, including seaweed and algae.

Jackie Caddick, director of Water Witch said... ?Marine debris causes serious economic, social, aesthetic and environmental damage. It is one of the most pervasive pollution problems plaguing our waterways and oceans. Nets, food wrappers, bottles, styrofoam packaging and other rubbish isn?t only an eyesore ? it has serious impacts on wildlife, habitat and human safety.

Through Sandefjord?s efforts to make their waters beautiful, healthy and safe they are making a positive contribution to their waterfront community.

The Buddy has proven an effective tool in the fight against marine debris, offering a safe and reliable clean- up system. The boat has the ability to pick up all types and sizes of floating and submerged debris and also tackles other waterway management issues such as invasive aquatic vegetation.?

Sandefjord, once a Whaling station, is now a thriving cruise and sailing destination located within the mighty Oslo Fjord, with over 90 moorings and 40 guest berths in the inner harbour. A key responsibility of the Harbour is to enhance the recreational and visitor satisfaction of its waterway and the acquisition of this cleanup boat will make a significant contribution to this objective.

The 7m boat features a removable collection basket which efficiently collects debris and vegetation. A unique drop in ?pod? system supports various operating configurations, from oil spill recovery to mobile pump out. Additional options include a 1500kg capacity A frame to service moorings. It is powered by a Yamaha 25hp high thrust four stroke engine, designed for powering displacement workboats.

The Buddy is now available with the option of an electric motor to allow the vessel to operate with zero emissions, and of course, the aluminium hull is 100% recyclable at the end of it?s working life.