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Blue Reporters CLAIM launches project November 2017


BLUE REPORTERS 22 NOVEMBER 2017 - 19 institutions from 13 EU-countries and 2 non-EU countries have launched a four-year-long Horizon 2020 project set to reduce marine litter pollution


The Newly funded, EU Horizon 2020 project CLAIM targets increasing pollution in marine areas by focusing on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches. CLAIM stands for “Cleaning marine Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas.” 


During CLAIMs, official project kick-off last week in Heraklion, Greece. Almost 70 scientists and representatives of small or medium enterprises (SMEs), from across Europe gathered together to set the stepping-stone for this promising EU project. CLAIM will develop innovative cleaning technologies and approached, targeting the prevention and in situ management of visible and invisible marine litter in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea.



CLAIM = Cleaning Litter & Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas. The project is funded by the European Commission as part of the Plastic Strategy. The EU funds technology innovation as a means to accelerate sustainable objectives in the quest for a Circular Economy.


The CLAIM consortium consists of 19 Partners from 14 countries around the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. They have agreed to work together for three years on a Horizon 2020 funded EU project, until November 2020. CLAIM is funded under Horizon 2020 Call BG-07-2017: Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas, grant agreement No 287600.


The partners represent Small to Medium Entity companies (SMEs), Research Organisations and Universities. They are all experts in the fields of litter in respect of prototype development, models, litter characterization, environmental impact assessment, socio-economics, market up-take and science communication.


The data and information produced will be made available to policymakers, stakeholders and end-users in a user- friendly format and tailored to each stakeholder group. At the same time, CLAIM will work towards raising public awareness, promoting healthy oceans and seas, freed of litter and pollutants.



Dr. George Triantafyllou


HCMR - “Involving multiple parties and taking up an ecosystems approach will be at the heart of CLAIM’s research” explains coordinator Dr. George Triantafyllou, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece. “Apart from introducing innovative technologies we also want to stress on the importance of healthy oceans and seas for ecosystem services and hence also for society’s wellbeing.”



Dr. Nikoleta Bellou


"Marine Litter has been detected worldwide in all major marine habitats, in sizes from microns to meters. Especially in the marine and coastal environment of semi-enclosed seas, such as the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea, litter pollution is a challenging restoration and governance issue." comments Co-coordinator, Dr. Nikoleta Bellou, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece.




This project focuses on 5 key technological innovations by way of ongoing development through 2018 into 2020, to be tested, the aim being to prevent litter from entering the sea at two main source points: 


a) wastewater treatment plants and


b) river mouths


If they can come up with a practical system that is cost effective and may be applied by Governments who are willing to front the added infrastructure expense to meet clean water targets, this will be a major step forward.





Technology 1 - Prefiltering system


A pre-filtration system is being developed by HCMR and is placed before a Photocatalytic device in order to retain larger plastics and ensure the smooth functioning of the photocatalytic coatings at a later stage.


The system will gather the plastic pieces into a specialized bag inside a cartridge, while simultaneously taking two samplers (before filtration and after a nanocoating device), to measure effectiveness and inform new strategies.


Technology 2 - Photocatalytic device


Harnessing the sun’s radiation to help rid the oceans of microplastics contamination, a photocatalytic device is being developed by a team comprised of researchers from KTH, Lebanese University and Swedish SME, PP Polymers AB.


The research group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has been working on the development of visible light photocatalytic coatings for the last two decades, which will be used for speeding up UV-fueled degradation and breaking down microplastics from personal care products into harmless elements.





Technology 3 - Floating booms


Advancing what is relatively proven technology of turbidity booms, within CLAIM, New Naval Ltd, the aim is to further develop the technology to be able to design and manufacture a floating marine litter containment.


The innovative formation barrier will have the ability to be placed in any natural or artificial water flow and filter water progressively via interchangeable screens of variable meshes, which will withhold various sizes of visible litter, without distributing float and tracking data through monitoring.


The Marine Litter Containment Floating Boom is to be designed that it may be deployed near known sources of pollutants (river mouths, facility outlets & runoff).


Technology 4 - Pyrolizer


A small scale pyrolyser developed by IRIS exploits plasma-fueled high temperatures to transform solid waste into a combustible gas, called syngas, and a recyclable solid (carbon) residue.


The process does not produce dioxins and furans, an issue with many thermal processes and the produced syngas, in turn, can be re-used to fuel ships and heat ports.


The small scale pyrolysis unit can deal with up to 100kg of waste per day, making the device suitable for mounting on small boats that can work closer to shore and collect marine litter nearer the point of entry to be used to turn collected litter intro energy powering ships and heating up ports. The US Navy used larger versions on warships to deal with waste compaction.


Technology 5 - Ferrybox


A FerryBox is an autonomous systems for continuous monitoring of physicochemical and environmental parameters. They are installed in commercial vessels and ferries.


As a boat travels, the FerryBox collects, samples and monitors environmental parameters such as seawater temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen concentration, turbidity, chlorophyll concentration, seawater alkalinity-pH.


The data is transmitted real-time and stored at data bases providing the scientific community with a useful research tool and users with a live image of environmental conditions.


The CLAIM network of FerryBox systems will operate in the Baltic (TTU, DTU-aqua), West (AMU, INSTM) and East Mediterranean (HCMR).



Baltic and Mediterreanean sea test sites CLAIM


TEST SITES - The test sites in the Mediterranean Sea are: the Gulf of Lyon, Ligurian Sea and Saronikos Gulf and in the Baltic Sea, the Belt Sea and the Gulf of Finland.


FERRY ROUTES - The three Ferry routes include, the Baltic Sea between Talin – Helsiniki, the Western Mediterranean Tunis – Marseille & Tunis – Genova and the Eastern Mediterranean Pireaus – Heraklion.




WP1 LEADER: Jun She - WP2 LEADER: Joydeep Dutta - WP3 LEADER: Marco Faimali

WP4 LEADER: Michael St. John - WP5 LEADER: Roy Brouwer - WP6 LEADER: Pavel Stoev - COORDINATION – WP7: George Triantafyllou



Advisory panel: Joao Sousa, Ibrahim Hoteit, Anne-Gaelle Collet, Sergey Dobretsov, Christos Loakeimidis, D Karavellas, Achileas Plitharas, Rene Reisner


Joao Sousa - Ibrahim Hoteit - Anne-Gaelle Collot - Sergey Dobretsov

Christos Ioakeimidis - D. Karavellas - Achileas Plitharas - Rene Reisner

CLAIM will develop innovative modeling tools to assess and create informative maps about visible and invisible marine plastic pollution at basin and regional scales (Saronikos Gulf, Gulf of Lyon, Ligurian Sea and Belt Sea).



Micro and macro plastics on beaches


ACT4LITTER - According to an report from Interreg, the Mediterranean Sea is one of the areas most affected by marine litter worldwide. Marine litter is found lying on the shores, as well as floating anywhere from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Even in pristine environments of the Mediterranean, such as coastal and marine protected areas, marine litter is building up threatening habitats and species. Impacts vary from entanglement and ingestion, to bio-accumulation and bio-magnification of toxics released from litter items, facilitation of introduction of invasive species, damages to benthic habitats, etc. Marine Protected Areas (MPA) managers stand at the forefront of this issue and sadly they lack the tools, knowledge, and often the resources to effectively tackle it. As a result, the achievement of their conservation goals set is hampered.



* Advance our knowledge on the current status of marine plastic pollution;

* Develop innovative technologies able to reduce the amount and impact of plastic pollution on the ecosystem-based services of the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas;

* Set the basis for operational forecasting of the impacts of marine plastic litter pollution on ecosystem services;

* Utilise an ecosystem services angle (such as fishing industry) to identify areas where intervention with project-developed technologies has the greatest potential to tackle marine litter issues and produce impact on human well-being;

* Test the economic feasibility, social acceptance and enabling institutional framework to encourage the uptake and up-scaling of innovative marine litter reduction technologies, and

* Change policy and public perceptions and provide advice for management decision-making through focused stakeholder engagement and communication strategies.




H2020 WORK PROGRAMME - A project to clean wastewater treatment plants and river mouths by amalgamating five technology areas in an innovative way, to include fitting sensors to fishing boats and ferries and treating plastic onboard via pyrolysis to generate energy for heating.




CAU - The Kiel University (CAU) is a full university owned by the German State of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. At its eight faculties, it currently teaches about 34,000 students, with more than 1.000 scientific staff members involved both in teaching and research.


In research, CAU is well-profiled; e.g. it currently holds 4 projects funded by the German “Excellence Initiative” and has participated in over 40 projects funded by EU’s 6th Framework Program and is currently involved in more than 50 projects and successful proposals under the EU’s 7th Framework Program and Horizon 2020. The Department of Economics has a long tradition in the field of environmental and resource economics coordinating several major research projects.


CAU will co-lead WP5 “Economic feasibility, social acceptance and enabling institutional framework to encourage the uptake and upscaling of innovative marine litter reduction technologies”. CAU will contribute to the assessment of the social acceptance of new marine litter reduction technologies and identify institutional and legal drivers and barriers to their diffusion.


Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
24118 Kiel, Germany
Telefon: +49 (0431) 880-00
E-Mail: mail@uni-kiel.de


DMI - Established at 1872, The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) is a governmental institute responsible for meteorological, oceanographic and climatic services in Denmark. DMI is a member of WMO, ECMWF, EUMETnet, EuroGOOS and EUMETSAT.

In CLAIM, DMI will develop advanced modelling technology for predicting the movements of micro- and macro-plastics. DMI also leads WP1: Innovative Monitoring and Modeling Technologies and contributes to plastic litter scenario analysis.

The following infrastructures will be used for the CLAIM project: DMI high resolution weather forcing, DMI operational ocean-ice coupled model HBM, DMI operational wave model WAM, DMI model system for SPM modelling: HBM-WAM-SPM, DMI Supercomputer Cray X30 and X52.


Danish Meteorological Institute
Lyngbyvej 100
2100 Copenhagen Ø 

Email: research@dmi.dk
Tel. +45 3915 7500



DTU - The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe.The institute DTU-Aqua conducts research and provides advice on fisheries stock assessment and management, aquaculture, and is EU Reference Lab for Fish and Shelfish Deseases. DTU-Aqua also delivers fundamental understanding of the marine environment and sustainable exploitation of living marine/fresh water resources (in support of MSFD GES and UN SDG14).

DTU-Aqua is a core partner mainly involved in macro litter transport simulation (WP1), demonstration of efficacy of litter cleaning devices and ferrybox data collection (WP3) and leading WP4 on assessing the influence of marine litter on ecosystem services.

The institute has access to high performance computers, data storage facilities for hydrographic data sets, lab facilities to analyze biological samples with various techniques and optical and spectral equipment for microplastic characterization.

Technical University of Denmark 
Anker Engelunds Vej 1 
Building 101A 
2800 Kgs. Lyngby 
Tel.: +45 45 25 25 25 
Email: aor-101@adm.dtu.dk




HMRC - The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is a governmental, highly active marine research organization operating, with aim to carry out scientific and technological research and experimental development in all fields of the aquatic environment. The individual activities of the Institute of Oceanography (IO) Research comprise the production of “useful” knowledge in the context of “blue growth”, technology, training and, at the social level, information-awareness-education. The HCMR-IO has a long history in participating both as a partners as well as a coordinator in all EU framework programs.

The FerryBox, an autonomous system for continuous monitoring of physicochemical and environmental parameters installed in the F/B Festos Palace will be used to integrate the innovative microliter monitoring device, as well as tools like a manta-net for monitoring sea surface floating microplastic particles in open seas. Polymer identification of the collected microplastics will be conducted by using an ATR FT-IR spectrophotometer Agilent Cary 630.


46,7 km Athens Sounio ave.
P.O. Box 712,
P.C. 19013 Anavyssos
Attiki Greece

Phone: +302291076462
Fax: +302291076323
Web: www.hcmr.gr
mail: hcmr-info@hcmr.gr


IEEP - IEEP is a sustainability think tank and independent not for profit research organisation dedicated to advancing an environmentally sustainable Europe. IEEP has expertise on many environmental and related sectoral policies, including natural resources and waste, water and the marine environment, pollution, green economy and governance. IEEP also has significant expertise related to marine litter, including on policy and legislative instruments, market-based instruments, costs of action and inaction, and socioeconomic aspects of the issue.


IEEP’s main involvement will be in WP5 where it will develop a report on the legal and policy frameworks around marine litter and their potential to support or hinder the new innovations being developed by CLAIM (T5.2). IEEP will also contribute to tasks on stakeholder acceptance and public preferences for alternative marine litter reduction technologies (T5.3), business model development (T5.4), synthesis and integrated assessment (T5.5), assessment of ecosystem services (T4.4), stakeholder events (T6.3), and informing future policy (T6.4).

11 Belgrave Road,
IEEP Offices, Floor 3
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7799 2244
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7799 2600

Email: jlindblad@ieep.eu

Rue Joseph II 36-38,
1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 (0) 2738 7482
Fax: +32 (0) 2732 4004

Email: smootoosamy@ieep.eu



IKER - IkerConsulting is a company experienced in providing research and innovation knowledge services. They specialise in the development and management of European projects such as the Research Framework Programme, ERDF – Interreg, eTEN, eContent or Creative Europe. Beyond this, IkerConsulting offers expertise in strategic and regional planning, Consulting and Research services from business strategic planning to economic factors underpinning regional development, urban strategies, maritime industries, internationalization and training and development of competences in different fields closely linked with research, development, technology transfer and innovation (introduction to funding programmes, creativity, project management, Intellectual Property rights IPR, development and update of business models, etc.).

IkerConsulting will participate in several work packages (WP): In WP5, IkerConsulting will identify the most promising business cases, analyse the legal and policy framework for the uptake and up-scaling of innovative marine litter pollution control, gauge stakeholder acceptance of these technologies, and assess the integrated impacts of these technologies for up-scaling purposes. In WP6 it will participate in WP6 disseminating activities and define a Business Model, specifying economic and technical viability for exploitation and Policy Recommendations. Under WP7 IkerC will support the implementation, maintenance and reporting using the project management tool and maintaining the project knowledge repository. Will support also the task leader in the collection and review of financial information.


Diputación 8- 4th Floor Dpt. 5 
Bilbao, E-48008


Contrescarpe 33 
Bremen, D-28203


Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer I.N.S.T.M


INSTM - INSTM is the “National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies”. INSTM has approximately 80 scientists and was created in 1924. The research undertaken in INSTM covers several aspects of marine science and technology. Through the years, INSTM has developed a large expertise in several themes related to marine environment. One major interest of INSTM is the study of problems related to human activity on coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Another developing activity in the institute is the study of air-sea interactions in the Mediterranean sea and their implications on the quality of the Mediterranean water and water circulation and it is involved EU Project Ferrybox.

INSTM is involved within WP1, WP3 and WP6. Collecting data from validation and demonstration experiments Ferrybox litter cleaning/data measuring and mapping visible and invisible plastic litter sources in the Central and Western Mediterranean Sea, and contribute to model calibration and validation within. INSTM will also conduct a series of local stakeholder events, to embrace the Southern Mediterranean Countries.

INSTM has research facilities with state of the art scientific instrumentation and technological equipment with access to University students and trainees. FerryBox facility specially will be involved within CLAIM project. It also owns facilities to host events for the general public and accept a large number of visitors, such as an auditorium and meeting rooms.


Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer I.N.S.T.M
28 rue du 2 mars 1934 - 2025 Salammbô


Tel: (+216) 71 730 420

Direction générale : 71 730 548
Secrétariat général : 71 734 044



IRIS SRL - IRIS srl, founded in 2012, is an innovative SME specialised in developing applications of laser and plasma technologies focusing on advanced manufacturing and clean tech sector. IRIS core business is the development and qualification of new processes and equipment for laser and plasma processing technologies. The process qualification includes cost and energy consumption assessment, eco labelling certification, construction and characterisation of prototype equipment such as on the Sea Litter Critter. The company is co-applicant in two patent applications submitted to the European Patent Office in November 2014: “Device, system, and method for the treatment of liquid waste waters” (BEP 18027) and “Device and system for plasma treatment of solid waste” (BEP 18028).

IRIS will develop a small scale device for in situ treatment and energy recovery from visible litter. It will be applied onboard a waste collection vessel and at selected ports.
IRIS will participate in the cost-effectiveness analysis of this alternative method for marine litter energy exploitation and subsequently in the business model and business plan development.

IRIS facilities include a prototype device for treating solid waste on a small scale. The device uses commercially available components to generate a plasma to treat solid waste, extracting from it energy as syngas and leaving just an inert residue, with no harmful emissions.


IRIS facilities include a 400 m2 owned laboratory for experimental testing of laser/plasma processing, which have been equipped in 2015 with a robotic island for smart hybrid welding as a result of the regional founded project ECOWELD and in 2016 with a Prima Industry machine developed and integrated within the Borealis project, to integrate a new additive manufacturing processing head to develop and set up an affordable AM process based on LMD technology. This same equipment can be employed for the manufacturing of the device to be applied onboard a waste collection vessel.


Corso Unione Sovietica 612/21 - TORINO - Italy

Offices and lab: Via Papa Giovanni Paolo Secondo 26 - Orbassano (TO) - Italy






ISMAR - CNR-ISMAR carries out multidisciplinary research in the field of Marine Science. In particular, the research activity of ISMAR Unit in Genoa (ISMAR-CNR Genoa) is focused on the development of methods and innovative technologies for the analysis of anthropic activities impact (including marine litter) on marine environment. More specifically: ecotoxicological analysis, environmental monitoring, water treatment, environmental biosensors, biocorrosion, biofouling and antifouling technologies and research activities.

ISMAR is leading CLAIM WP3 “Demonstration of the Innovative Cleaning and Monitoring Tools”, where the developed devices are demonstrated and evaluated in the field. CNR-ISMAR will provide sampling protocols and tools both to assess the efficiency and environmental impact of the microplastic cleaning devices and to perform a microplastics monitoring in water and fish specimens from the CLAIM key study areas, as well as it will contribute to the mapping of invisible and visible plastics distribution against ecosystem services and to the outreach and dissemination activities.

A significant infrastructure of ISMAR CNR Genoa is represented by the Experimental Marine Station. It is located in the Genoa harbour and it belongs to a European Excellence Network of Marine Research Stations (MARS Network – (www.marsnetwork.org/).


Via de Marini, 6
(Torre di Francia)
16149 Genoa


Phone: +39 01064751
Fax: +39 0106475400
Email: infoge@ge.ismar.cnr.it




LU - The UL was founded in 1951 and is the only public institution of higher education in Lebanon. It is responsible for public university education. It is interested in social and economic problems that the Lebanese society faces.

LU is Mainly involved in WP 2, 3 and 7.

The Lebanese university has several research laboratories within its faculties in the field of wastewater and chemical engineering, with a wide range of equipment which might be useful for the implementation of the CLAIM project such as: XRD, UV-VIS, AFM, SEM, NMR, FTIR, GC-MS, TGA, LC, Dip-coater, etc.

Lebanese University
Central Administration
Museum, Beirut - Lebanon
Phone: +961 1 612830, +961 1 612831
(Postal Address: P.O. Box 6573/14 Badaro, Museum, Beirut - Lebanon)

Head of President's Secretary Department
Nada Rahal
Phone: + 961 1 612824
E-mail: recteur@ul.edu.lb



KTH - KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is Sweden’s largest technical institution which is top 100 institute worldwide as ranked by QS. Functional Materials division in KTH was established two decades back gaining expertise in the preparation and application of large variety of nanoparticulate systems.

KTH is leading WP2 and is also responsible for the development of innovative green nanocoating for the mineralization of polymers found in invisible litter (microplastics). KTH is collaborating closely with Lebanon University and PP Polymer AB for the production of prototypes that will be implemented and tested under WP3 (TRL5).

Their advanced synthesis facility as well as various characterization equipment in the division includes, HRTEM, Scanning Electron Microscope, FIB-SEM, X-ray Diffractometer, ICP, Particle sizer- DLS/Zeta potential, FTIR, TGA and DSC, UV-Vis- NIR Spectrometer, Fluorescence Spectrometer-PL, Plasma Cleaner, Freeze Dryer etc.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Phone: +46 8 790 60 00

Fax: +46 8 790 65 00

MARSEILLE UNI - Aix-Marseille University (AMU) was officially opened on January 1, 2012, replacing The University of Provence, University of the Mediterranean and Paul Cézanne University. All the academic fields that may be studied in France are represented at AMU, which has five major divisions, structured into 19 faculties, schools, and institutes. As well as being one of the youngest universities in France, it is also the largest in terms of its student body, its faculty and staff, and its budget in the whole of the French-speaking world. These factors combine with the remarkable results already achieved in teaching and research to make Aix-Marseille university a top class higher education and research institution.

The AMU CNRS-MIO team participates in the development and testing of a passive filtering device that will be implemented in the surface sea water flow through of a ferrybox on board the “Le Carthage” (CTN, Tunisia). The system will be pre-tested at the Endoume MIO-SSLAM (Sea Water Sensing Laboratory at Marseille) that will be adapted to host the test of the passive filtering device. The team will also organize a stakeholder and public event related to the microliter impact on marine ecosystem, and the tools developed within the CLAIM project that will play a role in cleaning liters.


The Endoume Sea water sensing laboratory is an OSU PYTHEAS-AMU-MIO laboratory where costal sea water will be continuously pumped for automated sensing and collecting systems. The laboratory will welcome the microliter system and use the costal and urbanized continuous pumped sea water for validation.

Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (no phone or email available)



NEW NAVAL - New Naval LTD is a European company established in 1978, in order to provide services and products in the maritime sector and especially in the Protection of Marine Environment and the Oil Spill Response Industry as a manufacturer and a service provider.


New Naval’ s main role is the modification of a vessel in order to facilitate the utilization of the small scale thermal treatment device (pyrolizer), to design, manufacture and deploy the floating barrier (boom) in order to prevent visible litter to enter the sea and to test the performance of the floating boom (barrier) in front of rivers and streams output.

– Boom manufacturing line, which includes high frequency thermal welding.


– Test tank in order to monitor boom’s performance.


– Dynamic recovery vessel Sea Guardian 12 for the deployment of the boom and also for the installation of the pyrolizer on board the vessel including modification of its features in order to accommodate the pyrolizer and its efficient use.

New Naval Ltd

2nd km Lavriou-Souniou Avenue
Lavirion, Greece
195 00
Tel: +30 22920 27936


44 Sofokleous Street
Piraeus, Greece
185 38
Tel: +30 210 4283 220
Email: info@newnaval.gr


PENSOFT - Pensoft Publishers is an academic publisher and technology provider, well-known among biodiversity and environmental scientists worldwide for its cutting-edge open access journals. The company is actively developing novel tools, workflows and methods for text and data publication, dissemination of scientific information, and semantic enrichment of content. Within a growing number of EU-funded projects, Pensoft has specialised in dissemination and communication activities and consulting, including open access publishing, website design and maintenance, setup of specialized communication platforms and online tools, and establishing the project visual identity and marketing collateral (logo, leaflets, policy briefs, posters, etc).


In WP6 (Leader), PENSOFT will be responsible for the project dissemination & communications activities (Preparation and dissemination of press releases on project results and events, website management and support throughout the projects, dissemination via social networks, Data Management Plans (DMPs), and the production of various outreach materials). We will also participate in interactions with stakeholders (T5.3) and the promotion of business model results (T5.4). Pensoft is a member of the Steering Group as WP6 leader and leader of the Dissemination and Exploitation Group.


Pensoft is a member or partner of several professional publishing organisations and data publishing platforms, including CrossRef, OASPA, PubMedCentral, CLOCKSS, Research Data Alliance (RDA), OpenAIRE, LifeWatch, DataONE, Dryad Data Repository, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Encyclopedia of Life (EoL), and others. As a scientific publisher and a partner of several consortia looking at modernizing the ways biodiversity data is handled and shared, Pensoft has also developed a number of tools and workflows for direct open access publishing of biodiversity related data, as well as for its streamlined export and storage across repositories.

Pensoft Publishers
Prof. Georgi Zlatarski Street 12
1700 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel. +359-2-8704281
Fax: +359-2-8704282

P P POLYMER AB - PP Polymer AB is an independent consulting, research and development SME company working with polymer chemistry with special emphasis on materials and surface coatings. PP Polymer offers analytical services to companies for product development and in solving trouble shooting problems relating to surface coatings, adhesives and polymer materials.

PP Polymer will scale up a device incorporating nanocoated substrates for efficient cleaning of invisible microplastic at semi large scales and evaluate degradation behaviour of different nano coating systems developed by KTH.

Their comprehensive in-house lab facilities are a unique feature, having one of the most extensive machine parks in northern Europe with DsC, DMA, TGA, HPLC, GC-MS, Pyr/GC-MS, FTIR, UV-VIS, mechanical testing and even SEM-EDS capabilities.


PP Polymer AB
Box 191
Sweden info@pppolymer.se
tel: +46(0)8-44 55 300
fax: +46(0)8-44 55 309
Org. nr. 556262-4592


TALLINN - Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) is the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education and research, creating synergy between the technological, natural, exact, economic, and health sciences. Their Department of Marine Systems is an education, research and development unit in the School of Science of TTU. Research topics of the Department are related to marine physics, ecology, pollution control, coastal planning, remote sensing and mathematical modeling.


TTU leads the task to assemble data on visible and invisible plastic litter, including data from existing databases, data collected during the project for model validation purposes and data on litter sources in the Baltic area. TTU has the responsibility for characterization of the baseline in the Baltic experimental area, testing the cleaning/measuring device on board the research vessel equipped with a flow-through system and run the measurements along the ferry line Tallinn-Helsinki in the Baltic Sea (Gulf of Finland).

TTU owns the research vessel SALME equipped with a flow-through system measuring various environmental parameters and able to collect samples from the surface layer. TTU runs a Ferrybox system between Tallinn and Helsinki (Gulf of Finland, Baltic Sea) and has access to large IT systems for data management and modeling, and has Manta trawl and lab facilities for micro-litter analysis.

Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia
Phone +372 620 2002
Mon-Fri 8.30–17.00
Fax 620 2020

Prospective International Students:
Phone +372 620 2022




UNIVERSITY COIMBRA - The University of Coimbra (UC) was founded in 1290. It is one of the oldest universities in operation in the world. UC was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2013. At present, the UC is organized into eight schools (Arts and Humanities, Law, Medicine, Science and Technology, Pharmacy, Economics, Psychology and Education Sciences, Physical Education and Sport Sciences), and grants bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in nearly all major fields of knowledge.

UC  will development a framework for the synthesis and integrated assessment of cost-effectiveness analyses of alternative marine litter reduction technologies, taking into account an ecosystem approach and social acceptance issues, involving advanced computing facilities are available to develop the mathematical modeling tasks that the UC will perform.


Associação RUAS
Colégio de São Jerónimo, 1º piso
Largo D. Dinis
3001-401 Coimbra, Portugal

Foyer of the General Library of the University of Coimbra
Apartado 3020
3001-401 Coimbra
Telephone: +351 239 859 884
Fax: +351 239 859 813
E-mail: loja.uc@ci.uc.pt


VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - The mission of the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is to contribute to sustainable development and to care for the environment through excellent scientific research and teaching. A unique feature of the institute is our capacity to cut through the complexity of natural-societal systems through novel interdisciplinary approaches.

The Institute for Environmental Studies is primarily responsible for the coordination of the activities carried out in Workpackage 5, focusing on the socio-economic analysis of innovative marine litter reduction technologies. The IVM-team will focus specifically on the cost-effectiveness and economic efficiency of new marine litter reduction technologies, including their market and non-market impact assessment, the development of business models and the integrated assessment of the marine litter reduction technologies employed in CLAIM.

VU Amsterdam Main building
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T +31 20 59 89898
F +31 20 59 89899
Email: international@vu.nl





WASTE WATER SERVICES - Waste et Water sarl is a company that applies innovative ideas in the environmental sector and particularly in industrial wastewater and sewage treatment. Waste et Water sarl provides environmental services by specialized staff and modern equipment under the supervision of experienced engineers (Hazardous waste treatment and disposal, Domestic and industrial waste treatment, Collection and transport of urban and industrial waste, of hazardous waste, of solid and recycled waste, and Seawater cleaning systems). The Company is also specialized in environmental turnkey projects like Waste water treatment plants (urban and industrial), Water treatment units, Pumping stations, Solid waste treatment plants and recycling plants.

Waste n Water will in WP2 contribute in the implementation and installation of the invisible and visible litter cleaning devices (pilot scale prototype), in wastewater treatment plant (T2.2).


In WP3, Waste n Water will contribute in the review of existing methods for managing litter (T3.1) and the evaluation of the cleaning nanocoating and automated filtering devices in the actual application environment(field testing) (T3.3). Moreover, demonstrate litter cleaning devices efficacy in the field and scale-up the prototype design developed in WP2 for industrial application. In WP6 they will participate to T6.3 (Series of local stakeholder events).

2, Allee d’Evry Technopole de Nancy Brabois
54600 Villers-les-Nancy,
Tel. +33 6 15 36 36 07
email: contact@wastenwater.com

44, Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue, Athens 11635
TEL. +30 21 09 24 17 01
FAX. +30 21 09 24 67 67

Buyukdere Cad: No 127, Astoria Is Merkezi , A Blok
K: 8/9/10 , Esentepe , 34394 Istanbul , Turkey
TEL. +90 212 340 76 08
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IRIS Sea Litter Critter plastic plasma laser treatment


SEA LITTER CRITTER - This drawing gives you an idea of scale of a Sea Litter Critter from IRIS. It looks to be smaller than the coastal version of SeaVax. It is unclear if this vehicle saw the light of day, or if construction is ongoing. If anyone knows, please let us know.




PROBLEMFrom 2000 to 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported an average of 11 large whales entangled in ghost nets every year along the US west coast. From 2002 to 2010, 870 nets were recovered in Washington (state) with over 32,000 marine animals trapped inside. Ghost gear is estimated to account for 10% of all marine litter.




According to the SeaDoc Society, each ghost net kills $20,000 worth of Dungeness crab over 10 years. The Virginia Institute of Marine Science calculated that ghost crab pots capture 1.25 million blue crabs each year in the Chesapeake Bay alone. In May 2016, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) recovered 10 tonnes of abandoned nets within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone and Torres Strait protected zone perimeters.












































Whale shark about to eat a plastic bag


WHAT DRIVES US - It is pictures like this whale shark swimming in garbage that it is about to ingest that makes our blood boil. What are we doing, letting a situation like this develop? The fish eat the plastic and we eat the toxic fish. We are slowly poisoning ourselves and our world.











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