Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd and Miura Co Ltd announced a demonstration test of their jointly developed microplastic collection device, installed on a the newbuilding wood chip carrier, was conducted on October 27. The microplastic collection device is activated during operation of the ballast water treatment system, with the assumption that collection takes place during cargo handling operations. Using a filter with a backwashing function, which constitutes the ballast water treatment system, the device efficiently collects microplastics trapped in the filter right before the treated water is discharged overboard. MOL is the world's first operator to install and demonstrate the microplastic collective device on a merchant vessel. The project team continues to improve the device and is examining ways to make it easier for crewmembers to use and increase microplastic collection capacity.
Marine plastic waste, generated every day all over the world, remains in the sea for an extended period of time, causing grave concerns about global-scale environmental pollution. MOL's initiative on ocean plastic pollution started with participation in the "Plastic Smart" forum hosted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment, and since then it has been expanding activities including marine plastic pollution-related scientific research with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.
MOL is committed to global environmental conservation, a key to its corporate philosophy, and the company proactively promotes environmental measures while moving ahead with efforts to achieve sustainable development goals