Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is one of the greatest environmental problems of our time. This global issue can be fixed responsibly if plastics are recovered and recycled to create a product of value from the plastic waste. The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit organisation, is developing innovative technologies to rid rivers and oceans of plastic waste. Its two-pronged approach seeks to stop plastic from being carried into oceans by rivers and to remove the plastic waste that is already in the oceans.
The Ocean Cleanup and Konecranes, a world-leading supplier of technologies and services for materials handling and lifting products, have announced a new partnership to design, manufacture and maintain The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor™ that was unveiled at the end of 2019. The specialist ship is designed to extract plastic from rivers before it can reach the ocean. Three Interceptors are already in operation in Klang (Malaysia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). The series production of the Interceptors is an important step in expanding the cleaning operations to the 1,000 rivers that contribute the most plastic to the oceans around the world. Laying the groundwork for series production, Interceptors 005 and 006 are currently being manufactured simultaneously at Konecranes’ MHE-Demag facility in Malaysia and are expected to be ready for deployment in May 2021. Konecranes will handle the production, installation and maintenance of all Interceptors in future.
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