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Plastic pollution presents a significant threat to our ocean. It endangers marine life, damages ecosystems, threatens human health and livelihoods and contributes to climate change.
Reducing the amount of plastic litter in the oceans is a shared responsibility and requires a collective effort. By taking steps to reduce single-use plastics onboard ships, the shipping industry can contribute to addressing the global plastic litter problem.
Dr Bev Mackenzie, BIMCO's Head of Intergovernmental Engagement, is a highly qualified marine scientist and leads BIMCO's work in this area.
One example is the industry-wide survey on plastics onboard ship BIMCO launched in June together with Collective Action for the Ocean.
BIMCO supports phasing out single-use plastic bottles when replaced by onboard systems that provide safe and good quality drinking water. As well as reducing plastics the alternatives can provide ship owners with cost savings, reduce their CO2 emissions and contribute to seafarer well-being – not to mention the overall “feel good” factor.
The informal single-use plastics working group was formulated to explore relevant issues surrounding the reduction of single use plastics (SUP) (namely bottles) onboard ships and to provide practical, on-the-ground insight that supports our industry campaign.
About the group
Established in early 2022 the informal single-use plastics working group (SUPWG) brings together representatives from across the BIMCO membership to support the development of the campaign and to look at the practicalities of the basket of solutions that might exist.
Who is on the group?
The group consists of representatives from organisations that are both well advanced in their efforts to reduce plastics and those who are wanting to learn from the experiences of others. This mixture of knowledge helps sense check the ideas and learn about the barriers across different companies.
Members of the group include:
In addition, we welcome participation of expert observers
If you would like to discuss please contact Dr Bev Mackenzie, Head Intergovernmental Engagement at the BIMCO secretariat.