Investigating The Role Of Commercial Ships In Ocean Plastic Pollution


  • TÜBİTAK supports a project led by Assoc. Dr. Tanzer Satır from Istanbul Technical University, focusing on investigating plastic pollution in polar regions.
  • The project aims to analyze plastic spread via ship ballast water and sediment, particularly in the Arctic, where intense trade ship traffic occurs.

Scope of the Investigation

The project aims to determine the plastic rate in sensitive polar regions and the role of ships in transporting microplastics. Samples will be collected and analyzed to understand the types, dimensions, and distribution of plastics in the Arctic.

Factors Contributing to Plastic Pollution

Various factors contribute to micro and macro plastic pollution, including food waste, fishing activities, plastic waste, and marine creatures. The study will examine the presence of micro and macro plastics originating from ship ballast water and sediment in the Arctic region.

Analysis and Findings

The project will analyze seawater samples from ship ballast water tanks and port areas in the Arctic. It will determine the presence and types of plastics such as particles, fibers, and films, along with their average size and distribution.

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Source: Railly News



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