Barrett Steel Limited partners with Port of Shoreham to tackle plastic waste

We are delighted to announce that Barrett Steel Limited, port tenant and the UK’s largest shareholder and steel processor, is sponsoring a Seabin at the Port of Shoreham opposite the Barrett Steel Shoreham wharf and processing centre. The generous sponsorship is part of Barrett Steel’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and comes shortly after they joined The Climate Change Groups #SteelZero initiative. The Barrett Steel Seabin is one of the stops on the new Shoreham Port Anchor Points family trail, which showcases the port’s sustainable initiatives and points of interest. Each anchor point features a wooden notice board, a QR code for more information and a message from the port’s new mascot, Delmar the Dolphin.

Created by the Seabin Project, the device is an award-winning technology that helps remove waste from the marine environment. It is designed to float in the waters of marinas and ports, attached to a pontoon. Water is sucked in and filtered through a collection bag inside the Seabin, capturing a wide range of items from large plastic bottles to microplastics as small as 2mm and capable of moving 25,000 liters per hour . A single Seabin can collect more than a ton of waste every year, the equivalent of 50,000 plastic bottles or 40,000 drink cans.

The Barrett Steel Seabin is located near Lady Bee Marina at Shoreham Harbor and comes with an Anchor Point information board explaining the technology and its environmental benefits. The unit will be emptied and safely maintained by the Port of Shoreham marine team, who carry out an extensive daily clean-up patrol in our channel. Barrett Steel Shoreham is Barrett Steel’s flagship dedicated dock facility with a processing capacity of over 75,000 tonnes of steel per year. The site is a key processing site in the UK construction industry supply chain and employs over 75 people. The 12-acre facility houses over 13,000 tons of steel stock, as well as extensive steel processing equipment and a newly installed rapid angle processing line.

Cheyenne Plant, Sustainability Manager at the Port of Shoreham, said: “We are delighted to have Barrett Steel supporting us on our new Seabin here at the Port of Shoreham. This partnership is a fantastic example of their commitment to being a sustainable business and we are proud to partner with a port tenant who shares our values. Cheyenne continued: “As well as protecting the marine life in our channel, removing plastic waste from the water before it can reach the sea will have a huge benefit for our marine life here in Sussex. We are blessed with frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins, common Atlantic dolphins, white-beaked dolphins and even the occasional elusive harbor porpoise off our coasts and the Barrett Steel Seabin will be of direct benefit to these species and Moreover. Conserving aquatic biodiversity is a big step towards our ambitious sustainability goals at the Port of Shoreham. »

John Childs, Group Operations Manager at Barrett Steel, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Port of Shoreham with the Seabin, this should go a long way in preserving our marine life in the area. Having recently committed to our Carbon Zero roadmap by 2035, this further demonstrates our commitment to partnering with our key suppliers to become a sustainable business.
Source: Port of Shoreham

Bryce K. Locke