Trelleborg Supports The Ocean Cleanup To Attain Sustainable Future
Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation are supporting The Ocean Cleanup and attempt hard to eradicate the world’s oceans of plastic in accordance with its long-standing commitment to helping to ensure a more sustainable future.
Trelleborg supply seven of its floating pneumatic fenders to The Ocean Cleanup. Mostly, these types of fenders are used for energy absorption when ships meet at sea. However, the fenders will be part of one of the solutions that are tested as giant floating buoys that are connected to create a wind area in this application.
This functions as a sail, which pulls The Ocean Cleanup’s advanced passive drifting boom system, System 001/B, forward to help retain plastic for long periods of time. With harsh conditions in the Pacific Ocean and 1,000 miles from shore, industry-leading designed floating buoys are a key factor for this testing period. Trelleborg delivered the fenders via its fender rental service in the Netherlands.
For allowing the system to retain plastic for long periods of time the fenders are intended to increase wind current. In June 2019, System 001/B will be headed back to the largest accumulation zone of plastic in the world, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California.
Richard Hepworth, President at Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, says: “As a socially responsible company, Trelleborg is committed to helping facilitate a more sustainable future for our planet by addressing the problems caused by excessive plastic waste.
“So much so, we’re fully invested in Trelleborg Group’s ‘Message in a Bottle’ campaign, which aims to eliminate the single-use of plastic bottles across every business within Trelleborg by 2020. Therefore we are delighted to have the opportunity to support The Ocean Cleanup and its goal of turning the tide on marine pollution by removing plastic from our oceans.”
The system of The Ocean Cleanup 001/B consists of floater of length 150 meters that sit at the surface of the water and a tapered three-meter deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system and prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt stops debris from escaping underneath. As the system moves through the water, the plastic is collected within the boundaries of the U-shaped system. This concentrated plastic will be recycled by bringing it to shore and will be made into durable products. The gained revenue will help as a fund for the clean-up expansion to the remaining four ocean gyres, which are large systems of rotating currents.
It is established that for permanent and semi-permanent port applications and for offshore ship-to-ship transfers Trelleborg’s Pneumatic Fenders are ideal. Trelleborg’s ISO 17357-1:2014 is quality assured fenders which ensures large clearances are maintained between the hull and jetty or other vessels and are fast and easy to deploy. During mooring risk of damage is minimized and also protects people and cargo.