A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday to introduce the first Seabin on the East Coast at Nauticus Marina.
SeaBins are floating trash bins located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs, and commercial ports. They collect trash by pulling water and trash in and, through the use of a small low-energy submersible pumps, pump the clean water back out. More than just litter, the SeaBins work to collect oils and pollutants floating on water’s surface. This is especially helpful for heavily traveled waterways and ports, like the Elizabeth River which is home to one of the busiest commercial ports in the world.
Nauticus and Wärtsilä hope to reduce at least one ton of waste a year in what was once one of the most polluted rivers on the Chesapeake Bay. The SeaBin will supplement the decade of cleanup efforts made by non-profit, governmental and business groups.
Wärtsilä Global Vice President of Marine Solutions Sale, Aaron Bresnahan spoke on the installation of the SeaBin, “through our partnership with the Seabin Project, we can support the development and implementation of new environmental technology to improve the health of marine ecosystems. We are proud to collaborate with the Nauticus Foundation to install the first of three Seabins on the Elizabeth River.”
The SeaBin will be maintained by Nauticus’s Junior Scientist Club, a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) after-school program for students from local junior high schools. Although a permanent installation, the SeaBin will also be showcased at Nauticus from Oct. 10-21.
The installation of two more SeaBins is planned for the future, according to a press release.