BIMCO is launching an industry-wide survey on plastics onboard ships, with the theme of Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean.
he survey aims to formulate a baseline of where the industry is and what actions are, and can be taken to making change. Plastic pollution presents a significant threat to the ocean. It endangers marine life, damages ecosystems, threatens human health and livelihoods and contributes to climate change.
BIMCO supports phasing out single-use plastic bottles when replaced by onboard systems that provide safe and good quality drinking water. As well as reducing plastics the alternatives can provide ship owners with cost savings, reduce their CO2 emissions and contribute to seafarer well-being – not to mention the overall “feel good” factor.
At BIMCO we would love to understand what positive action our members are taking to reduce not only single use plastic bottles but all plastics – as well as learning what the barriers might be to making changes. We believe that understanding the current state of play with regards to plastics on board is fundamental to allow us to make and monitor the effectiveness of any changes
As such BIMCO is reaching out across the shipping industry to request that those involved in procurement for ships complete the Marine Plastics Survey. The results will be used to guide the BIMCO campaign and support the work of other organisations tackling this challenge and to contribute to the required collective action needed to revitalise our ocean.