St. Katharine Docks in central London, managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, has recently installed three Seabins as part of an environmental initiative, according to a marina press release.
“We have been following the success of the Seabin project for quite some time,” stated Paul Tetlow, marina manager.
Seabins are floating rubbish bins placed in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports. Each bin can collect up to half a metric ton of floating debris per year, including microplastics as small as 2mm. A submersible water pump, capable of displacing 25,000 liters per hour, sucks water in from the surface, which then passes through a catch bag inside the Seabin. Clean water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped inside.
The Seabin Project was started by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid surfers who decided to create a product that would collect trash, oil, fuel and detergents, with the ultimate goal of having pollution-free oceans.
The Seabins at St. Katharine Docks are located in the West Dock and Central Basin. According to the marina, they are checked regularly and emptied as required, with the recyclable waste disposed of by staff. St. Katharine Docks estimates that the three Seabins could catch about 1,500 kilograms of rubbish per year.
“We are committed to providing a safe and clean environment for our berth holders, office workers, residents and visitors,” Tetlow stated.