Corsican Blue Project, the made-in-Corsica anti-pollution ship

Posted on 23 April 2020.

A plastic island is discovered off the coast of Corsica but for several years three young islanders have been working to build a ship equipped with anti-pollution technologies - the Corsican Blue Project.

The several tens of kilometer long plastic island was discovered between the islands of Corsica and Elba in the Mediterranean in May 2019. Plastic and other solid waste, black water (water containing feces and urine), domestic waste water, bilge water (salt water containing oil from ships' holds) and oil slicks are just some of the various sources of pollution identified off Corsica with serious consequences for the marine environment.

Which is why three young Corsican sailors - Nicolas Mazotti, Ludovic Amouroux and Julien Torre – decided to set up a maritime company in Bastia specializing in permanent surveillance, coastal protection and public awareness. The cornerstone of this ambitious project that goes under the name of the Corsican Blue Project, is the construction of a self-sufficient multi-purpose pollution 24/7 response vessel capable of responding around the entire Corsican coast. It will provide the island's authorities with a resource that can be rapidly mobilized in an emergency (for example an oil spill).

 

On board fresh water production

The ship design was entrusted to the French ship design firm Ship-ST, known for its zero emission solutions. It will be equipped with innovative technologies to collect, store and recover liquid and solid waste from the surface of the sea. The Corsican Blue Project team wants to be able to produce fresh water on board by reverse osmosis, a very fine, high-performance filtering system, used in particular for seawater desalination.

This technology means the ship will be able to supply fresh water to municipalities affected by drought, and collect grey water from pleasure craft to turn it into water that can be used to clean boats, reports the newspaper Corse-Matin. In 2017, according to the Corsican Blue Project, 17.5 million liters of wastewater were discharged into Corsica’s harbors by pleasure craft.
 

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