Intro: Colleagues from across Bibby congregated to help clean our local beaches from litter and plastics as part of the ‘The Big Blue Ocean Clean-up Project’ and Bibby’s ‘Giving Something Back’ programme.
Challenge: Being part of the Maritime industry, we are already privy to the fact that the world’s oceans and waters are used as a means of transport for goods and commerce. According to the IMO, over 90% of the world’s trade is carried by sea, making it the most essential and cost-effective way to move goods and raw materials around the world. For the marine life however, it is called home and it is increasingly being disrupted by pollution in its many forms.
Plastic pollution is now the largest threat to the marine ecological and bio-diverse environment of our waters today. This type of pollution affects marine life through a variety of ways, including poisoning, entanglement and internal accumulation. The problem with plastic pollution is that it can be carried vast distances as a good proportion of it is less dense than water therefore making it float. The natural flow of the world’s rivers, oceans and currents create a perpetual mode of transport for plastic. Combine that with the longevity of plastic’s life span and we have a very big problem.
The Global Pacific Garbage Patch is an accumulation of garbage and plastic pollution that covers an estimated size of 1.6 million kilometers – twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France. It is also estimated to have a total of 1.8 trillion plastic pieces floating in it and that equates to a staggering 250 pieces per every human in the world! This does not account for the all the other pieces of plastic and pollution in all of the rivers, waterways, beaches and coastal areas. Furthermore, did you know that 73% of beach litter is plastic?
Many international and local bodies and conventions impose rules and regulations for ships to strictly adhere to. Pollution from ships has declined dramatically over the past 20 years due to these, but why is the plastic problem still elevating?
Solution: Bibby Maritime believe that small changes today account for big changes in the future. That’s why we volunteered to help the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup. This is a Non-profit organisation that works to prevent and clean ocean pollution and to minimise disturbance from human development and the effects of climate change. To aid in their endeavor to reduce the impact of pollution, a group of around 20 Bibby volunteers, across Bibby Line Group helped clean our local beaches for two hours; a combined total of 40 man hours in such a short period of time! We collected an abundance of garbage and plastic off the beach which would have been detrimental to the local environment if it would have been left.
Vicki Wyllie, CSR Co-coordinator of BLG commented ''It’s been a really good day. Working together, we’ve collected sacks of plastic. Being a responsible company, it’s really important that we do everything we can to protect our environment, and this is just one of a range of events we have planned this year".
Bibby Maritime is proud to be a part of a company that is actively combating pollution. Here’s to what the next month brings.
For further information and pictures of the day, follow this link! https://bibbylinegroup.co.uk/bibby-colleagues-join-forces-to-tackle-ocean-pollution/