Dubai Municipality’s environment protection department has acquired two new marine trash skimmers to collect waste from the Dubai Creek, the city’s main trade channel.
The Dh2.5 million marine trash skimmers were officially handed over to the department and their efficiency tested in several experiments at the Dubai Wharfage. The “TRASHCAT™” trash skimmers were supplied by United Marine International (UMI) of the USA.
Mohammed Abdul Rahman, public health officer in charge of the marine pollution section, said the two marine trash skimmers were easy to use and could be operated by one person.
They are equipped with modern facilities allowing the boats to lift floating wastes from the creek and mechanical manacles, before transferring it mechanically onto the shore.
Abdul Rahman said the arrival of the two marine trash skimmers brought the departments’s fleet to five, including a cruiser for collection of test samples, a vessel for transportation of laborers, and a boat for inspections.
Abdul Rahman said the five marine trash skimmers will regularly patrol Dubai Creek beginning from the wharfage and passing through Ras Al Khor and Hamriyah ports. The department is also considering assigning one of the new marine trash skimmers to clean and collect floating wastes from Hamriyah Port.
The Dubai Government bought the UMI trash skimmers after a worldwide search to determine the best technology available to solve its problem.