Maersk Supply Service & Partners Join Forces With The Ocean Cleanup

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Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans poses a significant environmental threat, impacting marine life and disrupting the marine food chain with toxic pollutants.

Recognizing the urgency of this global issue, Maersk Supply Service, A.P. Moller – Maersk, and The Ocean Cleanup have joined forces in a collaborative effort to address this crisis, says an article published on maersk website.

Mission And Progress Of The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup, an international non-profit project, has been dedicated to ridding the world’s oceans of plastic since its inception. With the invaluable support of Maersk Supply Service and A.P. Moller – Maersk’s logistics and marine activities, The Ocean Cleanup has successfully developed a system capable of consistently capturing significant quantities of plastics from the ocean.

Next Steps, System Validation And Collaboration Extension

The next crucial step for The Ocean Cleanup is to validate the developed system from both engineering and ecological perspectives. This validation aims to demonstrate to governments, institutions, and funders the viability of the technology in effectively cleaning the oceans from plastics.

In a show of continued commitment, Maersk Supply Service, A.P. Moller – Maersk, and The Ocean Cleanup have agreed to extend their collaboration to complete the validation process.

Comprehensive Support And Grant Contribution

Maersk Supply Service and A.P. Moller – Maersk are set to provide comprehensive support to The Ocean Cleanup program, including project management and the operation of vessels towing the system. In addition, logistics services for waste collection and transportation for recycling will be part of the collaborative effort.

Simultaneously, the A.P. Moller Foundation will contribute a one-time grant to further bolster The Ocean Cleanup’s initiatives.

System Validation And Environmental Impact Assessment

Anticipated to conclude by the end of 2024, the system validation will not only confirm the efficacy of the technology but also include an environmental review. This review will assess the impact of plastic pollution versus the greenhouse gas emissions of vessels involved in the cleanup efforts, ensuring a holistic understanding of the initiative’s environmental footprint.

Towards A Cleaner Future, Scaling Up Operations

Upon successful validation of the technology and system, The Ocean Cleanup aims to garner support from the public, governments, and other foundations. The collective goal is to significantly scale up operations starting in 2025, marking a pivotal moment in the fight against plastic pollution in our oceans.

Expressions Of Gratitude And Commitment

Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, expresses gratitude for the instrumental role played by Maersk Supply Service and A.P. Moller – Maersk in advancing from the initial concept to a working system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The additional donation from the A.P. Moller Foundation is recognized as a crucial contribution to The Ocean Cleanup’s 2024 mission.

Leadership Perspective, Commitment Until 2024

Robert M. Uggla, CEO of A.P. Moller Holding and Chair of A.P. Moller – Maersk, emphasizes the commitment of the parties involved. The agreement between Maersk Supply Service, A.P. Moller – Maersk, and The Ocean Cleanup is set to run until the end of 2024, showcasing a sustained dedication to addressing one of the most significant environmental challenges of our time.

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Source: maersk