SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. – The ship “Interceptor 004” arrived in the country on Sunday, which was “donated” by the NGO The Ocean Cleanup, originally from the Netherlands, according to Minister Gustavo Montalvo during an act in which he addressed the river cleaning and recovery work Ozama and Isabela, which are two of the most polluted in the country.
The invention consists of a boat anchored in the river, which captures floating or semi-submerged waste with the help of a barrier and accumulates them in a deposit for subsequent recycling or composting.
According to the data provided by the NGO, the Interceptor has the capacity to collect between 50,000 and 100,000 kilograms of garbage per day. The boat has a deposit of 50 cubic meters of capacity, which must be emptied regularly by auxiliary ships or cranes.
The first three units of the Interceptor have been installed in the Cengkareng Canal, in Jakarta (Indonesia), in the Klang River in Malaysia and in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
The Government of Thailand has already signed a contract to install a unit near Bangkok and the NGO is negotiating with the authorities in Los Angeles County (United States) to place a sixth vessel there. According to data presented by the NGO, about 1,000 rivers, which account for 1% of the planet, dump 80% of the garbage that reaches the oceans.
In this regard, the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo, pointed out that Interceptor 004 is one of the 4 vessels that exist in the world. It uses innovative technology to eliminate plastic waste. It operates autonomously and works with solar energy.
Its presence in the country is possible thanks to a pioneer agreement for the cleaning of the Ozama signed between the Ministry of the Presidency, UNDP and The Ocean Cleanup, with the support of the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.