Winter 2018

Reducing plastic waste

In a bid to cut back on the quantities of plastic regularly being taken out to wind farms, JFMS has taken the decision to procure personalised steel (refillable) water bottles for offshore personnel.

The idea, which forms part of the James Fisher group’s on-going sustainability endeavour, was initiated by JFMS’ operations team in a bid to cut down on the pallets of plastic water bottles which are shipped offshore.

Each time a vessel goes out to sea, its carrying plastic in the form of water bottles. With huge numbers of vessels coming and going every day, the amount of plastic leaving shore soon mounts up.

While only 20% of plastic in our oceans is estimated to originate offshore, this still amounts to roughly 1,600,000 tons globally per year.

‘Anything we can do as a business and as an industry to reduce the amount of plastics entering our oceans is a good thing,

Says JFMS director of strategy and BD, Martin Dronfield, adding:

‘although this endeavour is in its infancy, we’ve already had really positive feedback from crews and hope to expand the scheme.’

The first batch is currently in production.

 

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