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Glasgow City Council, UK


Two years ago the Glasgow City Council announced a major clean-up of the Clyde as part a regeneration programme.

The clean-up was regarded as an important element in attracting tourists to the cities riverside and its continued development.

However two rivers, the Cart and Kelvin flow into the River Clyde and bring with them hundreds of tonnes of floating litter and debris right onto the riverside.

Liverpool Water Witch provided a successful solution.


Keep the rivers clear of floating debris and rubbish:

  • Natural debris such as tree branches, weeds and animal carcasses.
  • Household furniture, shopping trolleys, gas bottles and life buoys.


Equipment provided by Liverpool Water Witch included:

  • Mark 3 Water Witch with general purpose collection basket
  • Deep Dig Dredging unit - enabling the workboat to reach a maximum of 3.65m below the waterline for routine dredging maintenance.
  • Fire fighting/salvage pump - 41 liters per second capacity.
  • Work platform - providing safe access to waterfront structures.
  • Twin Skipper barge - with a capacity of 12 cubic meters providing an efficient storage and transfer facility for debris.
  • Customized cabin - fitted with extensive galley equipment: cooking, washing and toilet facilties.

As with all Water Witch Workboats, the craft was built to Lloyds Register of Shipping Classification standards and the MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code of Practice.


300 hundred tonnes of rubbish and debris have been scooped out of the River Clyde in the past year. A dead cow, shopping trolleys, and two huge trees have all been pulled from the river by the new Water Witch workboat - christened 'St Mungo'.

In a year, debris collected by the St Mungo has so far filled 259 skips and the operation has been so successful it could be extended to the rivers Cart and Kelvin.

Council chiefs are now considering buying two further special boats to scoop up rubbish thrown into the two rivers.

The clean-up has had such an impact on the Clyde that wildlife is returning to the river and recently a seal pup was spotted on the riverbank near the River Boat casino.

The St. Mungo was introduced as part of the regeneration of the riverfront. Costing £200,000 to buy and crew, it operates five days a week and lifts rubbish floating on the surface of the water and embedded in the riverbed.

A Council spokesman added: "Such has been the success of the St Mungo there are currently plans to purchase two smaller craft to tackle environmental issues on the rivers Cart and Kelvin."

Customer feedback

"There is no doubt the St Mungo has been a great success on the Clyde. That's why we are looking at smaller versions to continue the clean-up in the Cart and the Kelvin."
David Stevenson, Environmental protection services convener