Singapore rallies ‘Boaters Against Plastic’
With the support of Singapore Marine Guide and Seven Clean Seas, Moana will lead a convoy of boats to help clean up three of the Southern Islands on November 14.
Nico Civelli’s Moana will be the flagship of the first ‘Boaters Against Plastic’ event on November 14, when a convoy of yachts full of volunteers will make their way to clean up the beaches at the adjoining Lazarus and St John’s islands, as well as Pulau Hantu to the west.
“We plan to clean up some of the Southern Islands of Singapore with about a dozen boats involved initially. Pulau Hantu is my favourite island in Singapore, but unfortunately it’s so filthy,” said Civelli, who frequently explores remote islands in Southeast Asia but has become concerned about the vast amount of plastic found on beaches and in reefs.
“We hope to raise awareness of the plastic pollution problem with Singapore’s boating community, the general population and the government. We plan to make this a recurring event and involve more marinas and more boats over time.”
Boaters can choose to clean up at any of the three islands and need to register online in advance. Due to Singapore’s Covid-19 restrictions, only those who have access to a vessel – personal yacht, charter boat, jetski or kayak – to transport them can participate.
On the morning of November 14, participants can collect rubbish bags from ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, take a photo of themselves while collecting rubbish at the islands, bring it back to ONE°15 Marina for weighing and collection, and collect a beverage voucher for use at the marina’s restaurants.
Seven Clean Seas is an international coastal clean-up organisation based in Singapore, which has removed over 70,000kg of ocean plastic to date.
The Singapore Marine Guide, a new online leisure marine directory, is inviting boat owners to register on the following page: https://sgmarineguide.com/boaters-against-plastic/