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Seabin Project Launches V5 Hybrid Model in Finland
As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. Although pollution occurs in a variety of different forms, every type of pollution directly effects our planet as a whole. More specifically, water pollution has become a significant problem involving severe consequences for all walks of life.
Water pollution has taken a toll on all of the surviving species on the planet. Not only does water pollution directly harm marine life and contribute to global warming, it also contaminates the entire food chain by affecting humans who are dependent on these. One of the major contributors to water pollution is the improper disposal of plastic materials. It is estimated that by 2025, the oceans will contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish. Also, plastic causes more than $13 billion of damage to marine ecosystems each year. Animals swallow our waste and become entangled in it. As a result, local marine environments suffer and decreases the fish and shellfish stocks.
In an effort to raise awareness and reduce the harmful effects plastic pollution has on our oceans, the first floating trash bin, known as Seabin, has been installed in Uunisaari, Finland, off the coast of Kaivopuisto. The Seabin is a floating trash bin that is located in the water at marinas, yacht clubs, docks and commercial ports where it collects all of the floating trash. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through the catch bag inside the Seabin. Then, the water is pumped back into the marina leaving the litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to dispose of it properly.
Wärtsilä, a global leader in advanced technologies and complete life cycle solutions for the marine and energy markets is operating as the project’s global pilot partner for the next three years. Other partners include: La Grande Motte of Southern France, Porto Montenegro of Montenegro, Port Adriano in Mallorca, Butterfield in Bermuda, and Safe Harbor Marinas in the United States.
Seabin Project’s Pete Ceglinski explains “The installation of the V5 Seabin here in Helsinki marks a real turning point in the fight against plastics and littering.” Seabins are expected to go on commercial sale in August.
As an Eco-friendly yacht charter company, Nicholson Yachts proudly encourages recycling on charter yachts and discourages single use water bottles on board as well as the use of micro plastics in bath gels, facial scrubs, etc. due to their direct impact on marine life. We are excited for the Seabin Project to come to America!