The collaboration between The Ocean Cleanup and Maersk Supply Service dates back to 2018, when Maersk Supply Service entered into a three-year partnership to provide marine support and resources to The Ocean Cleanup and their mission to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. In addition to the marine support of the towing, installation and monitoring, Maersk provides transportation and logistics for both the ocean and river systems and, in January 2021, Maersk extended its partnership with The Ocean Cleanup for another three years.
The companies form a good match for two reasons. Firstly, ocean health sits at the heart of Maersk Supply Service’s core values and strategy. As a leading provider of integrated solutions and marine services to the energy sector worldwide, we are proactively using our capabilities to unlock the ocean’s potential in achieving sustainable ocean economies.
Secondly, the solution to the problem of floating ocean plastic requires two sets of capabilities: The Ocean Cleanup’s detailed knowledge of the problem, their plastic-harvesting technology, and ability to channel waste gathered into a circular economy that turns it into reusable materials. On the other hand, Maersk Supply Service has the marine capabilities to execute the offshore work safely and efficiently, providing specialist expertise to implement both the test systems and the subsequent scale-ups in such a remote location.
Ultimately, the shared mission, vision and set of values has instilled a genuine passion in every crew member onboard.