River Plastics Removal project
Working every day at sea, Allseas sees first-hand how plastic accumulates in the world’s oceans with devastating effect to fish and marine life. Plastic pollution is a global problem, and we are committed to the effort to clean our oceans by developing technologies and systems to collect the waste in rivers and waterways before it flows out to sea.
Within our Innovations Department, a team of dedicated engineers is leading the way, collaborating with national and local authorities across Europe to create collection systems tailored to specific waterways. Two systems are already in place, “Catchy” in the Vijfsluizerhaven in Schiedam and “Patje Plastic” in the Port of Antwerp. The collected waste from these systems is analysed in our lab to gain more insight in the types of waste present in rivers, and more specifically in the types of plastic waste.
Our main objective is to investigate the amounts and types of plastics as well as their variations in time, to identify the possible sources of the pollution and to investigate post-processing solutions for this waste. We also take samples of waste in rivers with our sampler. The collected waste is also analysed in our lab.
Are you willing to roll up your sleeves? We are looking for enthusiastic students who can help us with various activities within our River Plastics Removal Project. The activities comprise the analysis of the waste collected by our systems and the preparation and realisation of sampling activities with our sampler and workboat. Analysis of the waste takes place at our yard in Rotterdam, sampling takes place in several rivers in the Netherlands.
Please contact Elise Blondel, EBL@allseas.com, for more information.
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