Smart Tech Solutions For Hawaii
Great news! First two Hawaii Seabins successfully cleaning Ala Wai Harbor
Smart tech is being trialed at Ala Wai Harbor in the hope to help to combat plastic pollution using Cleanup, Prevention & Measurable Impact with employment creation as a co-focal point.
Hawaii Volcanic Water has sponsored two Seabin units that were installed in Honolulu’s Ala Wai Harbor recently.
A Seabin, invented by Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton of Australian clean tech start up, Seabin Project, is a cross between a trash bin and a pool skimmer. The Seabin sits mounted to a pontoon, slightly below the surface of the water, sucking the water through and out the bottom, catching marine debris including micro plastics and microfibers. In addition, the Seabin filters 600,000 liters per day absorbing oily pollutants that may be found on the water’s surface.
Hawaii Volcanic Water CEO Jason Donovan said, “We are proud to be a part of this amazing project contributing to a cleaner and greener Hawaii. These first 2 Seabins are just the beginning of our plan to further partner with Seabin in deploying entire fleets of Seabins in all islands of Hawaii, and then throughout the West Coast USA.”
The Ala Wai Harbor pilot program has approval from the DLNR to initially run for 6 months and it is estimated that it will remove approximately 1.5 tons of microplastic, marine litter, and plastic fibers, and will filter and clean more than 218 million liters of water.
The pilot is the initiative of Seabin Project and involves the help from Haleiwa resident, big wave surfer, and Patagonia brand ambassador Ben Wilkinson for the technical assistance and local eco-warrior Fernando Torres aka @greenmanhawaii for the daily duties.
Seabin’s objective is to provide a comprehensive service package that includes
Cleanup, Prevention, & Measurable Impact for marine litter reduction with the aim of ending plastic and other pollutants in our waterways.
“The act of cleaning up is simply not enough” says Pete Ceglinski, Seabin CEO + Co Founder. “To turn off the pollution tap, we are putting an equal focus on litter reduction, prevention, and clean-up and will use our Pollution Index data program for monitoring with the intention of filling key knowledge gaps needed for informed decision making”.
This pilot is the second serviced pilot by Seabin Project. Last month the company launched their first self-funded pilot in Sydney Harbor, Australia, which involves 20 Seabins. Globally, more than 1,000 Seabins have been successfully deployed so far.
Beyond collecting and removing marine litter from micro plastics to oil, and other surface pollutants, Seabin Project hopes to replicate similar service contracts across other major harbor based cities globally. In addition to the service contracts, the pollution index data monitoring reports will be available to the City of Honolulu and other key stakeholders.
For more information about Seabin Project please visit www.seabinproject.com
To sponsor or donate to the Hawaii fleet go to www.seabinsforhawaii.com
To volunteer, contact Mahi Paquette, Seabin Foundation COO firstname.lastname@example.org
For press or media inquiries email@example.com – or call 808-639-9394
Here is a recent report on KHON https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/08/21/new-technology-installed-ala-wai-boat-harbor-aims-reduce-plastic-pollution/?fbclid=IwAR2lKENT6cX8GEDARAeIz68irTR6n3uLcDBz_DO3LuXFAcvdRkxgaFTZ7rg