Singapore-based shipping company APL has decided to provide free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup, a non-government, non-profit organization working to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
As an official partner of The Ocean Cleanup, APL will transport containers of components and equipment for the extraction of plastic pollution from the oceans from 2019 to 2020.
“We applaud The Ocean Cleanup’s course in cleaning up our oceans. In partnering with The Ocean Cleanup, APL seeks to step up our efforts in protecting marine biodiversity,” Dennis Yee, APL Global Head of Safety, Security and Environment, commented.
“APL is fully behind The Ocean Cleanup’s efforts to remove ocean debris that contributes to habitat destruction and kills tens of thousands of marine animals each year,” Yee added.
In 2019 and 2020, APL will deliver equipment and components for research programs and clean-up operations globally. In support of its clean-up operations and to create a better understanding of the problem, The Ocean Cleanup performs global measurement campaigns to determine the sources and composition of floating plastic in the oceans.
APL is supporting efforts in ocean biodiversity protection as the carrier protects the marine environment from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water carried by its ships. Commercially, APL prohibits the carriage of endangered species products including shark fin, dolphins and whales among others onboard its vessels.
APL is also a signatory of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, joining the fight against illegal wildlife trade.