Thordon Bearings’ ThorPlas-Blue grease-free bearings won the annual IBJ Environment Protection (Marine) Award 2023 during a gala dinner last night hosted by British comedian Hugh Dennis and International Bulk Journal publisher Ray Girvan. Thordon Bearings was also nominated in the Innovative Technology Award category for the same product.

By Dr Richard Unsworth, Project Seagrass and Swansea University

The seas around Wales have so much potential. They offer rich biodiversity hidden within productive lush habitats such as kelp forests, salt marshes and seagrass meadows. Life in these waters can be so ingenious that it bioengineers its own environment.

The world’s fastest electric ship, the Candela P-12 Shuttle, is set to hit Stockholm’s waters next year, heralding a new era of transport. The innovative hydrofoiling electric ferry will reduce emissions and slash commuting times – and the city believes it will make waterborne public transport more attractive than trains, buses, and cars.

UPM Raflatac is the first company in the world to invest in Ocean Bound Plastic (OBP) as a label raw material for its new Ocean Action labels. The use of Ocean Bound Plastic for the Ocean Action labels is based on a mass balance approach. Ocean Bound Plastic is plastic waste from areas up to 50 km inland from waterways and thus defined by the OBPCert certification programme as "potential waste that may enter the sea". This new innovative label material is made possible through close collaboration with several partners along the product's value chain.

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