“Approval in Principle” of the plastic-hunter ship The Manta: the giant of the seas fit for construction
18 July 2022
In June 2022, Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, has awarded the "Approval In Principle" to the pioneering vessel Le Manta - a major recognition for the giant of the seas, before its launch in 2025.
45,000 hours of study and development since 2018,
60 engineers, technicians and researchers involved.
More than 20 companies onboarded
5 research laboratories committed…
…that is what it took to achieve this feat, the result of a unique human and technical adventure called Manta!
In June 2022, The SeaCleaners’ naval engineering office, Manta Innovation, completed a crucial step before the launch in 2025.
Bureau Veritas – Marine & Offshore, the BV’s marine sector arm, has awarded the AIP “Approval In Principle” to the Manta’s general structure, stability and safety plans.
While the technical specifications, some 120 pages and more than 50 plans, allowing the construction of the giant sailing ship, have just been completed, the certification of the “Approval in Principle” by Bureau Veritas is a giant leap forward in the realisation of this innovative and unique project.
In other words, thanks to this certification, the Manta is now fit to be built, the ship is approved.
New steps are now open to the ship before its launch in 2025: first, an exchange phase with the shipyards, along with a Call for Tenders, then its construction starting end of 2023.
The SeaCleaners team is proud and happy to have taken up this technical challenge and would like to thank all its partners in the technical consortium, without whom this would not have been possible, starting with the naval architect LMG Marin as well as MTB, Ship-ST, Greenflow, Air Liquide, CEA Tech, Lumen At Work, BlueBox Technology, ETIA – Ecotechnologies, Cap Gemini Engineering, Technip Energies, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, SP Group, Centrale Nantes, Southern Spars, École navale, DEMS, Efinor, Emeraude Solaire, Schottel, KLiUX, SDI, la Région Bretagne, Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N), Intralox, Echoview Software, Ixblue, OBEO, Padmos, Turbe.
The Manta is a unique concentrate of innovations
The first factory boat to collect, process and recycle large quantities of plastics on board.
75% energy self-sufficiency
Up to 10,000 tonnes of plastic collected per year
The Manta will operate in areas of high concentration such as the mouths of large rivers, estuaries and in coastal waters.
It will also host scientific missions and awareness-raising operations.