Microplastic Collection Device for MarusumiPaper Wood Chip Carrier
Marusumi Paper Co Ltd and Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd announced to install a microplastic collection device, which is under joint development by MOL and
Marusumi Paper Co Ltd and Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd announced to install a microplastic collection device, which is under joint development by MOL and Miura Co Ltd, on a newbuilding woodchip carrier that will be delivered in 2022 and sail under Charter contract with Marusumi Paper. The first device was installed for a demonstration test announced on October 27, 2020 (Note 2). Since then, it has been installed on three bulk carriers, making this wood chip carrier the fifth vessel so equipped.
It is usual that the microplastics have been captured by the filter within the ballast water treatment system and discharged overboard. In order to collect the microplastics, the microplastic collection device has been installed and enables to collect the microplastics through this device. The performance of the devise has been confirmed as per designed through the demonstration test, making the device to be able to collect tens of thousands of microplastics per vessel annually.
MOL aims to make the ocean clean and achieve resource recycling by installing the microplastic collection device on more vessels and recycling the collected microplastics. In addition, MOL as a global shipping company, will be promoting the conservation of marine and global environment proactively.
The term "microplastics" refers to 5mm or smaller micro-size plastic particles resulting from discarded plastic in the ocean that is broken down by ultraviolet rays and wave action.