Possible answer to marina pollution

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Palma marina.

A MALLORCA based pair, Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski have come up with an innovative idea which they hope will help to clean up the waters in marinas in particular and give them a decent financial return.

The invention, known as the Seabin is an automated rubbish bin that catches floating rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents. It is designed for floating docks in the water of marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residential lakes, harbours, water ways, ports and yacht clubs or it can be fitted to the ever growing fleets of superyachts.

According to their website, “marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place to start helping clean the 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.

By working with these marinas, ports and yacht clubs they can locate the Seabin in the perfect place and Mother Nature brings us the rubbish to catch it. Sure we can’t catch everything right now but it’s a really positive start.”

“The Seabin is situated at the water’s surface and is plumbed into a shore based water pump on the dock. The water gets sucked into the Seabin bringing all floating debris and floating liquids into the Seabin. We catch all the floating debris inside the Seabin and the water then flows out through the bottom of the bin and up into the pump on the dock.

The water then flows through the pump where we have the option of installing an oil/water separator and clean water then flows back into the ocean. This process is constant, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”

As with so many new projects, whilst the idea is good and the prototype is seen to work, funding and exposure are the two most important things for them now. They attended the huge METSTRADE show in Amsterdam to debut their project and attracted some significant interest and they are now trying to raise additional funds through crowdfunding which can be approached through their website www.seabinproject.com.

It is reported that their home base, Mallorca has shown some interest in the project and may test Seabin next year.

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