The Land Rover BAR Seabin (c) Harry KH / Land Rover BAR
The Land Rover BAR Seabin (c) Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

It is a UK first and one that Portsmouth’s Land Rover BAR are proud to be part of as it begins a massive ocean clean up that is required around the world to save humans and sea dwelling creatures from plastic pollution.

Land Rover BAR have installed the UK’s first Seabin on the pontoon of the team’s base in Portsmouth. In partnership with inventors Seabin Pty this automated rubbish collection device provides solutions to the problem of littering in seas around the world.

The Seabin is a floating rubbish bin that is located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports, where it collects all floating rubbish. Water is sucked in from the surface and passes through the catch bag inside the Seabin.

The water is then pumped back into the marina leaving litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly. The Seabin also has the potential to collect some of the oils and pollutants floating on the water surface.

Seabin Co-Founder, Pete Ceglinski & Land Rover BAR Sustainability Manager, Amy Munro (c) Harry KH / Land Rover BAR
Seabin Co-Founder, Pete Ceglinski & Land Rover BAR Sustainability Manager, Amy Munro (c) Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

The Seabin currently uses 12-volt submersible water pumps that can utilise alternative and clean energy sources. These may include solar, wave or wind power, depending on the location and available technology.

“The collaboration with Seabin Pty forms part of the team’s on-going drive to become the most sustainable sports team in the world,” said Jo Grindley, Land Rover BAR CMO/ CCO on the partnership.

“The ocean is our playground and when opportunities come along to partner with exciting and innovative projects, such as the Seabin, we are really keen to support and work together to help improve the health of the oceans.”

Investing in the Planet’s Future

Land Rover BAR was one of the early supporters during the initial Crowdfunding campaign that made the Seabin project possible and the UK’s model is also the World’s first commercial unit to be installed.

The team are committed to protecting their ‘pitch’ and reducing their environmental footprint by working with exclusive sustainably partner,11th Hour Racing, partners and suppliers to identify and communicate new innovative solutions to deliver further positive change.

It’s been estimated that the volume of plastic leaking into the sea is approximately eight million metric tons a year – with only nine percent being recycled – and less than 20 percent of this originates from ocean-based sources like fisheries and fishing vessels.

This means that over 80 percent of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources; once plastic is discarded, if processing or recycling is not well managed, it ends up in the sea, highlighting how essential it is to reduce/reuse/recycle and eliminate single use plastics to start with.

This was a big focus of the educational element of the launch.

“The team at Seabin acknowledge that the real solution to ocean plastics and littering is not technology, but education, science, research,” said Pete Ceglinski, CEO and Co-Founder of Seabin Pty.

“The innovative Seabin project is also a tool to inspire and engage the next generation, with the ultimate goal to live in the world without the need for Seabins.”

Inspiring Hampshire Children

Students from local primary schools take part in a BT STEM Crew lesson (c) Harry KH / Land Rover BAR

17 young students from Gomer and Westbourne Primary Schools, in Hampshire, were invited to join an interactive BT STEM Crew lesson with The 1851 Trust’s Education Manager, Bev Smith, focusing on Ocean Health, using the Seabin to demonstrate a tangible solution and challenging students to create their own innovative concepts.

MDL Marinas, who installed the Land Rover BAR pontoon system, are supportive of the team’s sustainability practices:

“After designing and installing the Solent Oyster refuge equipment we’re delighted to be helping with the installation of the Sea Bin. MDL is always striving to support new initiatives that remove pollutants in our waters and protect the local ecosystem. The SeaBin is a fantastic idea, and proven to do the job!” commented Dean Smith, Commercial Director.

Originally posted 2017-10-13 15:05:10.