— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) March 25, 2021
Coldplay is well renowned for their music as well as their philanthropic endeavors, so we are excited that they have chosen to take part in our mission to rid the oceans of plastic through the sponsorship of an Interceptor. Interceptor 005, or Neon Moon 1, will be deployed in Malaysia this year and is the first deployment of the third-generation design. The Ocean Cleanup and Coldplay collaboration helps to take another significant step in tackling the world’s 1000 most polluting rivers
INTERCEPTOR 005: NEON MOON 1
“Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050, which is why The Ocean Cleanup’s work is so vital. We’re proud to sponsor Interceptor 005 – aka Neon Moon 1 – which will catch thousands of tons of waste before it reaches the ocean.” – Coldplay on the sponsorship of Interceptor 005.
Since 2019, The Ocean Cleanup has announced Interceptor solutions for heavily polluting waterways in countries around the world, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, the United States, Jamaica, and Thailand. As we prepare for scaling up to 1000 rivers, these initial deployments are laying the groundwork for us to fine-tune our business model and technology. Once we have achieved several successful deployments in rivers, we will have the confidence to accelerate Interceptor installments into more countries and even more rivers over the coming years. Neon Moon 1 is currently under construction at Konecranes’ MHE-Demag facility in Malaysia. This is one of the first two Interceptors produced for series production and the first of the third-generation design. Interceptor 005 is expected to be completed in late Spring of 2021 and soon after deployed within Malaysia; thanks to the established partnerships in the region, we can commence operations as soon as possible. Working together with local partners, The Ocean Cleanup will ensure Interceptor 005 is installed in an optimal location for removing large amounts of waste from rivers.
As The Ocean Cleanup begins scaling up to deploy more solutions in rivers worldwide, this partnership exemplifies how philanthropists, individuals, and corporations can take part in solving this global problem. We are a non-profit and rely solely on donors and partnerships like this, so we welcome others to take part in our mission with us (we’re always open to creative collaborations).
In the coming months, we will continue to update our followers on the status of Interceptor 005, its deployment, and invite all to continue following the story as it unfolds.