Port of Antwerp deploys Allseas’ plastic catcher
Port of Antwerp deployed a system to catch plastic designed by Allseas on 19 December. The port authority says the introduction of a passive catcher system will significantly reduce the quantity of pollutant plastics found in the waters around Doeldok, which is also home to a large plastic producing factory.
The plastic catcher is simple in design, working on the basis of wind, water and gravity. A narrow 100 m long floating arm, 1.5 m in depth, guides floating waste into the receptacle where a series of filter systems separates larger and smaller waste. When full, the containers are effortlessly disconnected and emptied, and the waste transported for processing. Challenges such as maintenance, the impact of waves and accessibility are solved with one ingenious design. The collected plastic will be recycled.