Water Garbage Scooper Launched by Southern Naval Command, Kochi

Water Garbage Scooper Launched by Southern Naval Command, Kochi

As part of the ongoing efforts by Southern Naval Command (SNC) towards environmental protection an eco-friendly ‘Water Garbage Scooper’ (WGS) was launched at naval base, Kochi on 02 August 2019. A demonstration of the platform was witnessed by Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, SNC and other naval personnel.

This innovative platform has been entirely designed and manufactured inhouse - using available items of scrap – at Naval Ship Repair Yard (NSRY) of SNC. A number of trials were carried out to establish its proper functioning and safe operation, before it was formally commissioned. The WGS consists of a floating platform with a scooper, which can be propelled over the water surface to collect floating garbage such as plastic bottles and thermocol. The scooper dumps the garbage into a collection tray, which can be subsequently emptied on shore.

The WGS is a zero emission platform, and has been equipped with all the basic controls i.e. paddlewheel and rudder to manoeuvre in shallow waters and narrow channels. The operator sits atop a modified bicycle seat, controls the paddlewheel through a pedal and chain mechanism and the steering using the bicycle handle. This platform would further enhance clean up drive of the “Venduruthy channel” - which was launched by SNC in June - many folds.

The FOC-in-C congratulated the entire team of NSRY involved in the project for their initiative and efforts towards designing and constructing this Water Garbage Scooper.

  • Water Garbage Scooper Launched by Southern Naval Command, Kochi
  • Water Garbage Scooper Launched by Southern Naval Command, Kochi
  • Water Garbage Scooper Launched by Southern Naval Command, Kochi
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