Two entrepreneurs have launched a Kickstarter project that aims to rid marinas of floating debris, oil, fuel and detergent using a new device known as Seabin.
Seabin is an automated in-water marina trash bin collecting floating rubbish, oil, fuel and detergents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, according to a media release on the new technology.
The system’s creators, Andrew Turton, an Australian boat builder and sailor, along with Pete Ceglinski, an Australian industrial designer and surfer, were motivated to design Seabin after witnessing the large amounts of pollution floating in marinas and the ocean.
According to the product’s Kickstarter page, Seabin is plumbed into a shore based water pump on the dock and sits on the water where it sucks in the floating debris, which is collected in a natural fiber “catch bag” located in the bin. The water then flows through the pump where marina operators have an option of installing an oil/water separator and clean water then flows back into the ocean. A dock worker simply switches out the catch bag when a new one is required.
Ceglinski and Turton believe Seabin can help to curb the amount of trash floating in waterways and is “set to change the face of marinas in Europe and throughout the world.”
A Seabin prototype is being tested at a yacht club and marina in Palma Mallorca, Spain.
Visit tinyurl.com/p65r6d7 for more information or to donate to the project.