Danish marine contractor AP Moller-Maersk has extended its partnership with The Ocean Cleanup, allowing Maersk Supply Service to continue providing marine support to rid the ocean of plastic.

Maersk’s anchor handling vessels Maersk Launcher, Maersk Transporter and Maersk Handler and crew since 2018 have been supporting various test phases of the offshore operations in the Pacific Ocean and the North Sea.

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The first collection of plastic waste was turned into new, fully recycled products in autumn 2020.

“Our seafarers sail the ocean every day and see the increasing problem with plastic polluting our oceans. As a responsible maritime operator, we are committed to ensuring the oceans remain a healthy environment for future generations to come,” said Maersk Supply Service chief executive Steen Karstensen.

In tandem with the three-year extension, Maersk Supply Service is increasing its focus on reducing plastic waste in its own operations and supply chain.

“Plastic waste in our oceans is an increasing issue. With the new Plastic Policy, we commit to how we will work to reduce our plastic footprint and actively take part in solving this global environmental problem,” he added.

“A great takeaway from the collaboration with The Ocean Cleanup is the willingness people have to find solutions that are both impactful for the marine industry and are bettering for the environment. We believe that we can make a change and we can do more together.”