PROJECTS

Marine Litter Cleanup

In autumn 2016 the launch of SeeKuh, a special catamaran developed by OEOO for the collection of plastic waste, took place.

Marine Litter Cleanup

In autumn 2016 the launch of SeeKuh, a special catamaran developed by OEOO for the collection of plastic waste, took place.

The research, cleaning and reconnaissance vessel, financed entirely by donations, weighs just under 6 tons and can be dismantled and transported to any place in the world by freight containers. 

In spring 2018 the SeeKuh travelled to Hong Kong for half a year. it will come back to Germany in august 2018. Further cleaning actions are planned in 2018 and 2019 to promote the concept of “marine litter cleanup”. The planning and implementation of the first SeeElefant also started in 2018.

SeeHamster in Cambodia

In spring 2018, a cleaning and environmental education project started in Cambodia, which OEOO is carrying out in cooperation with the Thüringisch-Kambodschanischen-Gesellschaft e.V. and COMPED (Cambodian Education and Waste Management Organization).

SeeHamster in Cambodia

In spring 2018, a cleaning and environmental education project started in Cambodia, which OEOO is carrying out in cooperation with the Thüringisch-Kambodschanischen-Gesellschaft e.V. and COMPED (Cambodian Education and Waste Management Organization).

The local inhabitants clean the heavily polluted Sangkae River in Battambang of plastic waste with the help of a SeeHamster (4th generation) from OEOO. The Sangkae River is a tributary of the Mekong River, which flows through six Asian countries and is one of the ten rivers that carry most plastic into the oceans worldwide. The five weekly cleaning activities are accompanied by training, lectures and media work.

The collected plastic waste is sorted at the landfill and is to be recycled into new refuse sacks in the region in the medium term; the technical partner here is SUND.

The OEOO cleaning team has now been expanded to 5 permanent employees and there is also a volunteer programme. OEOO also has its own office and dormitories for its employees. Another SeeHamster with fixed hulls will be added by the end of 2019.

The project is financed by SUND Holding GmbH + Co KG, a German group of companies in the field of plastics manufacturing and sales, as well as other donors.

Photos of Sangkae River / Cambodia:

© Jane Mountain – My five acres

Worldwide Cleanups

OEOO organizes regular cleanups at various locations worldwide, in which OEOO members participate as well as numerous volunteers.

Worldwide Cleanups

OEOO organizes regular cleanups at various locations worldwide, in which OEOO members participate as well as numerous volunteers. Whether on the North and Baltic Seas, in Hong Kong, in Battambang/Cambodia or in Rio/Brazil – whether beaches, river banks or green spaces: it is crucial that (plastic) waste from nature is collected before it reaches water bodies.

In Battambang/Cambodia, up to 5 cleanups a week take place on the banks of the Sangkae River. In addition to a highly motivated team of locals, a local volunteer program also recruits volunteers from all over the world to participate in the cleanups.

Together with our sponsor Kärcher and the local authorities, Cleanups on the North Sea and Baltic Sea are organised and staged under the name “Aktion Meeresheld” during the summer and autumn months. Interested parties can sign up for the Facebook group and stay up to date on the latest events.

Currently our newly founded group OEOO Brasil has already organized the first Cleanups on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

In Munich, OEOO is co-organizer of the Munich Plogging Mob, a local plogging group that meets regularly for plogging (jogging and collecting garbage).

Recycling ship SeeElefant

For 10 months, a team of ship designers, plant technicians, environmental technicians and project developers in Kiel worked on the planning implementation of the first SeeElefant. In spring 2019, the comprehensive research and concept study for the elimination of coastal marine pollution caused by plastic waste was completed.

Recycling ship SeeElefant

For 10 months, a team of ship designers, plant technicians, environmental technicians and project developers in Kiel worked on the planning implementation of the first SeeElefant. In spring 2019, the comprehensive research and concept study for the elimination of coastal marine pollution caused by plastic waste was completed.

The focus is on the pilot system of a recycling ship called SeeElefant. The converted container ship will have facilities on board for sorting, crushing and processing marine waste. Plastic will be recycled or, in a later phase, oiled directly on board. Organic residues and wood are to be converted into biogas or thermally recycled. The initial target is a processing capacity of 20 t/day. In further expansion stages, this system will also be developed for commercial operators with up to 200 t/day. The results of the study confirm the technical, economic and legal feasibility of the SeeElefant pilot system.

Now the search begins for investors from the economy who want to participate in the construction of the first “SeeElefant” in order to tackle the problem of plastic waste actively and pragmatically.

 

,Microplastic Pollution Map’ in cooperation with shipping companies

In order to contribute to the research into the medium to long-term effects of microplastics on humans and animals, OEOO is engaged in setting up a global database on the levels of pollution in the world’s oceans.

,Microplastic Pollution Map’ in cooperation with shipping companies

In order to contribute to the research into the medium to long-term effects of microplastics on humans and animals, OEOO is engaged in setting up a global database on the levels of pollution in the world’s oceans.

The association has been cooperating since the beginning of 2013 with the container line shipping company OPDR from Hamburg, whose ships travel between Northern Europe and Africa. Water samples from the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean are collected regularly and then analyzed by OEOO with an infrared spectrometer to get information about the type and amount of microplastics. OEOO Microbiologist Dr. Rüdiger Stöhr supervises the scientific evaluation. Other shipping companies will soon be involved.

With the collection and analysis of the pollution data, the organization builds up a marine waste map, which can be viewed on the OEOO website. The results are intended to help assess the scale of the problem seriously and thus demand the urgency of national and international solutions.

Please find enclosed further information about our study approach.

 

 International Marine Litter Database

The pollution of the water bodies by (plastic) garbage is nowadays also becoming increasingly important in science.

International Marine Litter Database

The pollution of the water bodies by (plastic) garbage is nowadays also becoming increasingly important in science.

OEOO is dedicated to providing information and scientific documentation on plastic waste. In order to provide scientists, environmental organizations, journalists and NGOs with the opportunity to be informed quickly and comprehensively about the research, One Earth – One Ocean has developed a comprehensive international knowledge database on marine waste, which provides online access to several hundred current scientific studies world. The project is supported by Daimler AG.

The SeeKuh on tour in Asia

In january 2018, SeeKuh was on tour  in Hong Kong for half a year. Asia is the region most heavily polluted with plastic waste worldwide.

 

The SeeKuh on tour in Asia

In spring 2018, the SeeKuh was on its way to Hong Kong. Asia is the most polluted region in the world with plastic waste.

In addition to cleaning campaigns together with local environmental groups, information events for children, schoolchildren and citizens were the focus of the project.

In September 2018, the SeeKuh returned to Germany.

 

International Oil Purification Project in Nigeria 2017

The Niger Delta in Nigeria is one of the most oil-rich areas in Africa, but the landscape is regularly polluted by oil spills on the production facilities and pipelines.

International Oil Purification Project in Nigeria 2017

 

The Niger Delta in Nigeria is one of the most oil-rich areas in Africa, but the landscape is regularly polluted by oil spills on the production facilities and pipelines.

OEOO cleans waters in Nigeria from the immense oil pollution. We want to prove that these can be eliminated with relatively simple means and the support of the people in the area.

After first test projects 2015 and 2016 under the direction of the Nigerian OEOO member Emmanuel Duru on the spot in Nigeria, where we cleaned a limited piece of oil-contaminated water at our own expense with the help of PURE cotton,
there are talks between Nigerian Minister of the Environment and OEOO, the Nigerian environmental activist and alternative Nobel Prize winner,
Nnimmo Bassey and the local authorities.

Invited by Hajiya Amina, the Nigerian Minister of the Environment, OEOO is currently the only NGO that will work on an official oil spill project of the Nigerian government. We are official partners of the Ogono project, a government program for the cleaning of areas in the Niger Delta in 2017. With the clean-up of the environment, jobs and peace can be created on the ground for many years, the lifebase of the people living there can be restored in the long term.

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