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4ocean Founders Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper with the new Harbor Skimmer

4ocean and Safe Harbor Marinas Partner to Eliminate Ocean Plastic Pollution

Brands reveal pilot program to implement 4ocean harbor skimmers in multiple marinas

Published on March 03, 2020

4ocean, the purpose-driven Public Benefit Corporation founded to help end the world’s ocean plastic crisis, is proud to announce its latest partnership, with Safe Harbor Marinas—the world’s largest owner and operator of marinas. Safe Harbor will install 4ocean’s Harbor Skimmers at several of their 97 (and growing) locations with the intention of nationwide deployment over time.

In an effort to minimize ocean plastic pollution, Safe Harbor will install and utilize 4ocean’s latest technology—the 4ocean Harbor Skimmer—as part of its pilot program to remove plastics and other pollution from marinas and harbors.

4ocean’s Harbor Skimmer is a 450-gallon unit that acts as a pool skimmer for the ocean. As unwanted debris and plastic pollution float into the vicinity of the skimmer, they are gently sucked into the machine and held in the collection bin until it is serviced. The machine runs 24 hours a day and is monitored regularly by trained employees to ensure no wildlife is harmed during the cleaning process.

Aerial shot of the new 4ocean Harbor Skimmer at Safe Harbor Old Port Cove Marina

“We’re proud to partner with the team at Safe Harbor because it gives us yet another way to remove trash from the ocean at scale while also educating the community on the effects of plastic pollution,” said 4ocean co-founder Alex Schulze. “We look forward to influencing positive environmental change together with Safe Harbor for many years to come.”

In February 2020, the brands began working together to incorporate 4ocean Harbor Skimmers in several Safe Harbor locations throughout Florida, including Safe Harbor Old Port Cove (North Palm Beach); Safe Harbor Calusa Island (Goodland); Safe Harbor Burnt Store (Punta Gorda); and Safe Harbor Pier 77 (Bradenton). The machines were strategically positioned in a location within each marina basin that tends to accumulate floating debris and plastic so that the skimmers can have maximum impact.

4ocean and Safe Harbor share a deeply held conviction to steward our planet’s waterways, and we are honored to partner with them,” said Baxter Underwood, Safe Harbor’s CEO. “Together, we will improve the water quality at hundreds of harbors across the nation.”

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