Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA

02/13/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/12/2020 23:14

Saving 1000 Plastic Bottles: Doing our part to reduce plastic waste in the maritime industry

Is this the future we want to live in?

The weight of the plastic currently floating in the world's oceans
is 268.940 tonnes.
1By 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic
than fish by weight. This is a scary prospect. Not only is plastic
an environmental issue, it also directly impacts human health
as it becomes part of the food chain once ingested by marine

Although the majority of plastic pollution sources are land-based,
the marine industry is also culpable to a large extent. In North
Sea, one of the world's busiest areas for shipping, the maritime
sector accounts for up to 40% of marine litter.

Marpol Annex V which contains regulations for the prevention of
pollution by garbage from ships came into force almost 30 years
ago, and since then more than 150 countries have signed up to
it. However, as the world's population and consumption patterns
continue to change, we will need more concentrated efforts,
both on and off shore, to curb plastic pollution.

80% of marine debris is plastic

One of the most effective ways to reduce plastic pollution is to
curtail the use of 'single-use plastics'. 'Single-use plastics, often
also referred to as disposable plastics, are commonly used for
plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only
once before they are thrown away or recycled.'

On board, some of the most common applications for single-use plastics are in galley and accommodation areas such as
dispensing containers for cleaning fluids. To avoid single-use
plastic, IMO recommends that shipowners, operators, and
suppliers 'should consider the products being procured in terms
of the garbage they will generate.'1

Local maritime bodies are also picking up the mantle as seen
by the latest ban on single-use plastics by Ministry of Shipping,
India. As per the Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai,
DGS Order issued on 16 October 2019, single-use plastics are
prohibited to be used on board Indian ships and foreign ships
(when in India). Although the implementation schedule of the ban
is yet to be finalized, it is evident that stopping plastic pollution
is becoming one of the top priorities for most regulatory bodies.

Saving 1,000 plastic bottles!

At Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS), we're constantly making incremental improvements over time to reduce our overall
environmental impact. This also extends to reducing single-use plastics on board. With the introduction of our EasyClean galley and
accommodation range, crew on board can avoid using single-use plastic containers for some of the key cleaning solutions such as
floor cleaner, basin and toilet bowl cleaner, and window cleaner.
The EasyClean range consists of four concentrated chemicals for different applications supplied in 10L cans, two Unitor™ mixing
to easily and accurately dilute the concentrated chemicals, and re-usable spray bottles. With just one set of concentrated
chemicals, we can save up to 1,000 single-use 5L plastic bottles. The below table illustrates the plastic savings:

In addition to the above combination, the EasyClean range also consists of other daily use cleaners and most of them come in
recyclable plastic containers.

Like you, we are serious about reducing our environmental impact. WSS believes that sustainability is a journey where we can
continuously make a difference together. Our EasyClean Galley and Accommodation range is just one of many steps we will
continue to take, and we hope you will join us.

Please reach out to your local WSS representative today to know more about EasyClean and other ranges of products