Plastic Reduction Drive/ Program

Plastic Reduction Drive/ Program

By Capt. Atul Vatsa, Vice President, Compliance (Environmental, Marine & Safety)

03 Reduction Of Plastic Drive Or Program Thome Ship Management


Single-use plastic takes anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to break down. Thousands of birds and sea-dwellers are killed by rogue plastic disposal each year, with bags floating along waterways, finding their way into oceans and other parts of the environment where animals might mistake them for food. Plastic pollution is jeopardizing human health and harming marine animals at an alarming rate. We need concrete, and urgent action to stop plastic pollution at the source. In line with the Company’s core values on environment protection, Thome is launching a new initiative to reduce plastic usage on board.

The following items are identified as single use plastics:

  • Cutlery, plates and cups
  • Up-to 10 litres bottles for water and other drinks
  • Garbage and shopping bags
  • Dispensing containers for cleaning fluids which are less than 10 litres in volume
  • Bags, trays, containers, food packaging film
  • Milk bottles, freezer bags, shampoo bottles, ice cream containers
  • Bottles for water and other drinks, dispensing containers for cleaning fluids, biscuit trays
  • Hot drink cups, insulated food packaging, protective packaging for fragile items
  • Microwave dishes, ice cream tubs, potato chip bags, bottle caps

A recent survey of the fleet gave us an indication that nearly every person on board uses portable plastic water bottles for their on-board consumption.

We are planning to take 10 key steps to reduce plastic usage on board and ashore which are as follows:

  • Promote the use of vessel generated drinking water instead of bottled water (quality being tested monthly on board and half yearly ashore)
  • Install mineralizer, RO unit, UV sterilizer and additional water coolers where needed
  • Provide metallic company branded bottles to each ship staff and shore staff member
  • Training and counselling on board by auditors and onshore on the hazards of plastic bottles
  • Use of single use plastic bags to be discouraged on board
  • Motivation of crew by competitions with awards
  • Posters depicting hazards for SUP to be posted on board in common areas to increase awareness
  • No plastic water bottles or plastic cutlery in any company event and upcoming seminars
  • Single use plastic received as packaging with stores, spares to be returned to supplier. Same to be agreed with suppliers prior placing orders
  • Plastic reduction to be monitored ashore. Updates on plastic reduction published in quarterly magazine