St. Katharine Docks has announced the installation of three Seabins, technology that collects rubbish and litter from the water.
Each Seabin can collect almost half a tonne of floating debris per year, including microplastics as small as 2mm. Seabins features a submersible water pump that is capable of displacing 25,000 litres per hour. To clean its surrounding areas, it sucks water in from the surface, which then passes through the Seabin. The clean water is then pumped back into the marina, leaving litter and debris trapped inside.
According to Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, this project is part of a wider initiative throughout Europe to make its marinas as environmentally conscious as possible. “We have been following the success of the Seabin project for quite some time and are delighted to have three Seabins at St. Katharine Docks as part of our continuous effort to maintain a sustainable marina,” explained Paul Tetlow, Marina Manager at St. Katharine Docks in a statement. “We are committed to providing a safe and clean environment for our berth holders, office workers, residents and visitors and are always looking at ways in which we can support sustainability initiatives and help to fight plastic pollution in the oceans.”
The Seabin Project was started by two surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski. They wanted to create a product that would collect rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents with the ultimate goal to have pollution free oceans. In 2016, Ceglinski explained to SuperyachtNews why the project was targeting these environments specifically. “The marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place to start helping clean our oceans – there are no huge open ocean swells or storms inside the marinas, it’s a relatively controlled environment. The wind and currents are constantly moving the floating debris around in our oceans and in every port, marina or yacht club there is always some pollution-heavy areas based on the predominant wind and current directions.”
St. Katharine Docks is not the only marina under the C&NI umbrella that is adopting new technology to reduce its environmental impact. Cesme Marina in Turkey recently introduced ‘The Squid Project’ to increase the population of squid in Turkey, ‘The Olive Oil Project’, which is working to sustain olive trees around the marina, as well as providing guests organic olive oil products. Finally, ‘The Mussel Project’ planted mussel beds to encourage more of the molluscs to live in the marina and cleanse the surrounding waters.
St. Katharine Docks will be the host of the London Yacht Show this summer, which will take place from 8 - 12 May.
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