New vessel helps keep our waterways clean
A new custom-built vessel is helping the Watercare Harbour Clean-Up Trust improve the health of Auckland’s waterways.
The new boat is named the Phil Warren 2 in recognition of the environmental initiatives led by the late chairman of the Auckland Regional Council. It is larger and more powerful than its predecessor.
The trust is a charitable organisation charged with keeping the Waitemata Harbour and the inner gulf islands free of rubbish.
Trust chairman Peter Drummond says contractors and volunteers have scooped up more than 25 million pieces of litter, including food wrappers and tyres, in the 10 years since it began.
The trust’s crew sail the harbour daily collecting the masses of plastic bottles and other rubbish that ends up in Auckland’s waterways, often through the stormwater system.
Twin engines will help the new boat when motoring in and out of tight spaces around the Viaduct and its flat hull will allow crew to work the tides better.