Ocean Clean Up Gets Help From Coldplay

An Interceptor Ship on the Ocean Source: Sea Wanderer

The Ocean Cleanup project has a new celebrity sponsor – the British rock group, Coldplay.

Launched a decade ago by a Dutch youth, The Ocean Cleanup is designed to promote awareness about the harmful effects of littering in Pacific Ocean that has led to the creation of rivers of plastic garbage being carried by currents.

Coldplay has agreed to sponsor the newest ‘Interceptor’ – a semi-autonomous boat developed by The Ocean Cleanup to extract plastic from rivers before it enters oceans.

The collaboration with Coldplay is part of a larger initiative the non-profit has launched with the goal of launching an Interceptor each year in the world’s most polluted rivers.

“Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050,” said Chris Martin and his bandmates. “We’re proud to sponsor Interceptor 005 which will catch thousands of tons of waste before it reaches the ocean.”

In 2019, an Interceptor class ship was launched in the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur, one of the 50 worst polluted rivers in the world, and the Cengkareng Drain in Jakarta, which extracts 220,000 pounds of trash per day. A third Interceptor is currently operating in the Rio Ozama in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Boyan Slat, CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, who launched the project while he was still a teen said, “I’ve long admired the work of Coldplay. They are doing great things to promote a better environment, and they are world-renowned for these efforts (as well as their music), and the reach of their voice is immense.”

Coldplay has agreed to fund the Interceptor nicknamed Neon Moon 1, which is currently being manufactured by The Ocean Cleanup’s partner, Konecranes, in their Malaysia facility. Currently, the new Interceptor is scheduled for deployment later in the spring of 2021.

Source: Sea Wanderer