Yachting Pages confirms new working partnership with Seabin Project Foundation
Yachting Pages Media Group is thrilled to announce its new working partnership with the Seabin Project Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes education, research and innovation projects with the aim of making oceans cleaner across the planet. From its conceptual designs over seven years ago, Seabin Project has been gaining viral support and turning industry heads – its expressions of interest now exceed 6,000 Seabins in 77 countries worldwide.
We first met the team from Seabin Project back in July this year at the launch of a permanent Seabin located in London's Royal Victoria Dock. Its simple-yet-ingenious design allows water to pass through a catch bag which in turn filters the water to remove debris, micro plastics (down to 2mm small), microfibers and other water pollutants. The technology boasts hugely impressive stats. One Seabin alone can catch up to 1.4 tons of waste per year (measured using over 14,000 hours of data collected from those involved in its pilot partner initiative) and its running costs equate to less than $1 per day. As we’ve already seen so far this year, Seabins are suitable for marinas and superyachts alike with the most recent Seabin installation aboard M/Y Invictus.
The Seabin Project’s Education Mission seeks to address “the issue of marine litter”. Its manifesto explains that the problem “is one that will have to be dealt with for generations to come and therefore we need to provide the knowledge, tools and capacities to the decision-makers of the future; our children.
“Education is the first step to lasting and effective solutions. With marine litter, children can play a direct and significant role in reducing the sheer amount entering the oceans. Every child who learns to dispose of trash properly can be one less ‘source’ person littering and they have the potential to spread the word to friends and family amplifying the effect.”
Predictions from the Ellen McArthur Foundation estimate that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by weight. This is a sobering thought, and one which is so relevant and key within our industry.
Our aim in working with the Seabin Project Foundation is to raise further awareness and help spread information about this overwhelming problem with a view to seeing more installations that can help combat an ever-growing problem.
Carrie Plummer, group operations manager at Yachting Pages Media Group, commented, “I am delighted to be embarking on this exciting partnership with the Seabin Project Foundation, their energy, innovative product and drive can truly revolutionise our impact as an industry on the environment which we so heavily rely upon. These are exciting times indeed.”
Our consciousness to mismanaged plastics within our oceans was brought to life in the BBC’s Blue Planet II documentaries earlier in the year, but the message must not stop there. We look forward to playing an active role with the Seabin Project Foundation in a bid to educate, motivate and change our role within the environment we so heavily rely upon. If only half of the marinas and ports in the world acquired three Seabins each, the impact would be swift and considerable – the move could reduce the amount of mismanaged plastics in our oceans by 30 million kilograms per year – that’s over twice the weight of Azzam, the largest superyacht ever built.
Find out more about the Seabin Project Foundation.