Maersk Tender will be accompanied by a sister vessel in the Pacific Ocean this summer, strengthening The Ocean Cleanup’s pursuit to rid the oceans of plastic. The extra vessel, Maersk Trader, was made possible by A.P. Møller-Maersk increasing its donation to the non-profit organisation, confirming its commitment to Ocean Health.
Since 2018, Maersk Supply Service has project managed and delivered offshore work for The Ocean Cleanup, including the tow and testing of the ocean systems. The Ocean Cleanup are optimising their systems to be ready for the subsequent offshore testing in the Summer of 2021.
“Ocean Health is a priority for Maersk Supply Service. We are committed to reducing plastic waste in the oceans. Utilising two Maersk vessels and decades of experience is a great opportunity for us to further The Ocean Cleanup’s initiative and to help restore the oceans which we sail every day,” said Chief Strategy Officer Kristian Borum Jørgensen.
The extra vessel is contracted for one year and will initially work on a trial in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in Summer 2021.
In addition to the vessels and marine support from Maersk Supply Service, A P Møller-Maersk also provides logistics support to The Ocean Cleanup. It ensures global end-to-end transport of the equipment such as the collected ocean plastic and its river systems – The Interceptor.