A billionaire philanthropist from Denmark has pledged to give away $2.7 billion dollars to build a 182 meter (596 foot) super yacht. His goal is to tackle the world’s ocean pollution and plastic garbage problem. The vessel is to be called Research Expedition Vessel – REV. It will collect garbage and recycle plastic while taking scientific measurements in the atmosphere and in the ocean’s depths down to 6000 meters.
The REV is scheduled to be delivered in the summer of 2020. It will have the capacity to collect and melt down 5 tons of plastic garbage each day – without giving off any toxic vapor or smoke. Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper has reported the vessel will be manned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The boat requires a crew of 30 and will accommodate up to 60 researchers for the purposes of ocean pollution cleanup and scientific evaluations. The boat has its own auditorium and seven different research laboratories.
Kjell Inge Røkke is among the richest people in Norway. He made his fortune first building a global fisheries enterprise and then as an oil services company – Aker Solutions ASA, based in Oslo Norway. Forbes Magazine has described Røkke as a “ruthless corporate raider”.
“I will give back to the community the bulk of what I have earned. This ship is part of it. The idea of such a ship has evolved over many years, but plans have become concrete in the last year. The oceans are under greater pressure than ever before from over fishing, coastal pollution, habitat destruction, climate change and ocean acidification, and one of the most pressing challenges of all, plasticisation of the ocean. The need for knowledge and solutions is pressing.” says Røkke
According to Kapital, Kjell Røkke is Norway’s 10th richest man with a fortune of $17.2 billion.