Seabin Project for cleaner oceans

09 Nov 2017

The Seabin in action

An Australian duo have created the Seabin, an automated floating rubbish collection device, that can be installed in marinas to filter litter from the water.

The Seabin prototype, which was fully crowd-funded, was created by Pete Ceglinski – who has a background in designing injection-moulded plastic products – and boat builder Andrew Turton. It is designed for sheltered bodies of water, where pollution is rampant and winds and currents move debris around.

Marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place for the Seabin," said Ceglinski. "There's no massive ocean storms, it's a controlled environment. It catches everything floating in the water: plastic bottles, paper, oil, fuel, and detergent, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."

So far the first Seabins have been installed in:

  • Port Adriano, Mallorca
  • Princess Marina at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, Bermuda
  • Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, Bermuda
  • Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Halifax, Canada
  • Cayman Islands Yacht Club, Grand Cayman.
  • Land Rover BAR pontoon, Old Portsmouth, UK
  • Cabrillo Isle Marina, San Diego, USA
  • Porto Montenegro, Montenegro
  • La Grande Motte Marina, France
  • Port of Helsinki, Finland.

….. with more & more being installed every month.

Two Seabins are also being taken around the world by the Volvo Ocean Race – they will be used in 12 different countries during the race.

The Seabin's creators say that each unit can collect around 1.5kg of waste a day and hold up to 12kg until it's full. That amounts to 20,000 plastic bottles or 83,000 plastic bags a year (1/2 ton). It houses a combination of a large natural fibre net and a dock-based pump (fed by the hook-like metal pole). This only collects debris floating on top of the water and sucks in surface oils, ensuring fish are safe.

Running costs are also low with each bin costing less than $1 – or about 75p – a day. As well as litter the seabins also have the potential to collect oils and pollutants from the water’s surface. The team behind the devices use 12-volt submersible water pumps that can use clean energy sources such as solar, wave and wind.

The V5 Seabin unit is a floating debris interception device designed to be installed in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports and any water body with a calm environment and services available. The Seabin is not designed or suitable for open water bodies where boat traffic and large currents or waves may have an adverse effect on the performance of the Seabin.  It is optimised for both fixed and floating docks. The V5 is made from PE plastic, although the Seabin Project are currently trialling recycled PE for production. The goal is to create Seabins from their own captured plastic.