MOL Unveils Marine Debris Collection Ship And Demonstrates Coastal Debris Collection Device
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) announced that on March 1, on the coast of Bali, Indonesia, it unveiled a marine debris collection ship and conducted demonstration of a coastal debris collection device, which it purchased through PT MOL Blue Ocean Indonesia (President Director: Hiraku Sato; Head Office: Jakarta, Indonesia), a wholly owned subsidiary of the MOL Group. At the same time, it held a commemorative ceremony with many guests including Chief of Environmental Division, Bali and the Consul General of Japan in Denpasar.
The marine debris collection ship and coastal debris collection device both feature conveyor belts that collect debris from the water and along the shore.
While Bali, Indonesia, has a diverse and rich natural environment, the problem of marine debris is becoming more serious in addition to the increase in litter caused by rapid urbanization and population growth.
Starting with a demonstration of marine debris collection in Bali, Indonesia-an island nation like Japan-MOL aims to commercialize the technology and started a feasibility study of the business model for actual introduction of a marine debris collection ship in Vietnam. The company will continue working to promote the conservation of the world’s marine environment by using its group networks.
MOL Group has positioned marine environmental conservation as a key issue in the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1,” and is also involved in marine conservation activities through coastal cleanups (Note 2), in addition to a mangrove restoration and conservation project in Indonesia (Note 3) and the development of a marine microplastic collection device (Note 4). The group will face the challenge of solving environmental issues with a concerted effort of the Group, and contribute to the sustainable development of people, society, and the Earth, and open a prosperous future from the blue oceans.