The Ocean Cleanup to step up production of floating plastic collector for rivers

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The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit organization developing technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic, is ramping up production of its Interceptor, an autonomous system that removes plastic waste from rivers.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the organization announced a partnership with Konecranes, a Finnish company that produces lifting equipment.

Konecranes will handle manufacturing, installation and maintenance of the Interceptor with local partners. The company is already building two interceptors at its MHE-Demag facility in Klang, Malaysia.

The Ocean Cleanup currently has three Interceptors operating in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic, with a fourth due to launch in Vietnam early next year.

Ocean Cleanup has ambitious plans of tackling 1,000 of the world's most polluting rivers by 2025. The organization says it has established that these waterways — which comprise 1 percent of the world's rivers — are responsible for 80 percent of plastic waste present in oceans.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. The Interceptor
2. Features of the Interceptor
3. How the Interceptor collects plastic waste from rivers
4. Plastic waste collected by the Interceptor is collected for recycling

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic, is ramping up production of its Interceptor, an autonomous system that removes plastic waste from rivers — before it is able to reach the ocean."

"The Ocean Cleanup currently has three Interceptors operating in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Dominican Republic, with a fourth due to launch in Vietnam early next year."

"On Thursday, Dec. 10, the organization announced a partnership with Konecranes, a Finnish company that produces lifting equipment.

"Konecranes will handle manufacturing, installation and maintenance of the Interceptor with local partners. The company is already building two interceptors at its MHE-Demag facility in Klang, Malaysia."

"The Interceptor is powered by solar energy and uses lithium-ion batteries, which theoretically enables it to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

"The vessel is anchored to the riverbed and uses a floating barrier that guides plastic waste from the river into the system's conveyor belt."

"Once plastic waste is onboard, it is automatically put into one of six dumpsters on a barge inside the system."

"The system alerts local operators once all six dumpsters onboard are full. Local operators then send over a vessel to collect the plastic waste."

"The barge is taken back to shore with the plastic waste and emptied for recycling. The barge is then reattached to the Interceptor to collect more plastic debris."

SOURCES: The Ocean Cleanup
https://theoceancleanup.com/rivers/
https://theoceancleanup.com/the-interceptor-unveil-press-kit/
https://theoceancleanup.com/milestones/