The Ocean Cleanup's interceptor vessel deployed to tackle Java Sea’s plastic pollution

The Ocean Cleanup deploys Interceptor vessels to prevent 1,000 tons of plastic annually from entering Indonesia's Java Sea.
Kavita Verma
The Ocean Cleanup's interceptor vessel deployed to tackle plastic pollution in the Java Sea
The Ocean Cleanup's interceptor vessel deployed to tackle plastic pollution in the Java Sea

The Ocean Cleanup 

In the Java Sea, The Ocean Cleanup, a group well known for its work to stop plastic pollution, has launched its newest Interceptor vessel. The goal is to prevent 1,000 tonnes of plastic debris from entering the ocean annually by catching it in Indonesia's Cisadane River.

The Ocean Cleanup has made river cleanup a top priority to stop plastic garbage from entering the oceans. The Interceptor, a solar-powered barge outfitted with a conveyor system, garbage bins, and floating obstacles to direct floating rubbish into its collection system, extends into the river. The garbage that is collected is then treated on land. The ship is also capable of operating on water by itself.

An effective solution to combat plastic pollution

The Interceptor has carried out effective cleanup operations in several locales, including Jakarta, Malaysia, and Vietnam, since its initial launch in October 2019. Over two million kilograms of rubbish from entering the oceans have already been stopped by the fleet, which operates in five sites worldwide, including Los Angeles. However, The Ocean Cleanup recognizes that just 1,000 rivers account for around 80 percent of the riverine plastic pollution, highlighting the continuous need for more action.

The Cisadane River has been designated as a high-priority site by The Ocean Cleanup and the Indonesian government due to the urgency of the situation. By the end of 2023, Interceptor 020 will be put into service in the river to help Indonesia reach its target of reducing marine plastic trash by 70 percent by 2025.

The Ocean Cleanup's engagement is welcomed, according to Jarot Widyoko, Director General of Water Resources at the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing. He argues that it is a step in the right direction towards reducing plastic garbage in rivers and ultimately preventing it from reaching the ocean.

Global partnerships for a cleaner future

The Global Implementation Partnership, which was established with Coca-Cola in 2021, includes the deployment of Interceptor 020. True Venture and ThatGamingCompany have donated money to the initiative. BBWS Ciliwung-Cisadane, Tangerang Regency - DLHK, and the Tanjung Burung Waste Bank are the project's cooperating partners. Other options in the Interceptor portfolio include a trash filtration fence, a freestanding floating barrier, and a little motorized tender.

The continuous efforts of The Ocean Cleanup to combat plastic pollution in rivers and oceans highlight the value of cooperative alliances and cutting-edge technologies. The organization is making a big step towards protecting the well-being of marine ecosystems and pursuing a cleaner, plastic-free future by placing the Interceptor in the Cisadane River.

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