New ves­sel helps keep our water­ways clean

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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