The outbreak of a respiratory illness, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world both on land and marine vessels.
With one of the primary pieces of advice to regularly wash hands thoroughly to prevent the transfer of the disease, it means more than ever that the provision of clean and safe water on board is vital to stop the disease spreading.
During times of crisis, various questions are being asked over whether COVID-19 can be transferred via the potable water supply.
Professional bodies, institutions and associations have been quick to publish fact sheets and guidance documents to calm any concern and help cut through the sea of misinformation and fake news being produced and circulated.
While persistence in drinking-water is possible, there is no current evidence from surrogate human coronaviruses that they are present in surface or groundwater sources or transmitted through contaminated drinking-water.
Conventional, water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection should inactivate the COVID-19 virus, but clients should remain vigilant in their routines, ensuring filters are changed monthly and the weekly testing of the key factors sterilization residual, temperature, and pH, regular analysis of your potable water will ensure the quality and potability and therefore the safety of the personal onboard.
Octo Marine is delighted to announce their partnership with Seal Superyachts as their new agent in Southeast Asia, enabling easier access to their products and services for yachts based in that part of the world.
Servicing the Worlds’ largest Yachts for over twenty five years, Seal Superyacht's support offices provide an ever growing coverage of the Indian Ocean, Asia and the Pacific Ocean regions.
Adam Frost, Managing Director of Seal Superyachts, announced “We are making a commitment to develop a cleaner, and more environmentally friendly future for the yachting Industry in Asia. Yacht Captains and Owners should be moving away from bringing onboard vast quantities of plastic drinking water bottles for crew and guest consumption. This is easily achieved by installing Octo Marine systems. Long-term costs savings for yacht owners will be seen, and at the same time greatly reduce single use plastic waste. We will be providing full sales, service and support of all Octo Marine products in Asia, as well as advice and availability of trained technicians for installation, maintenance and periodic laboratory water testing of onboard potable water”.
Seal Superyachts join Octo Marine’s increasing network of international agents, alongside MTSea in Palma and Water Makers Inc in Fort Lauderdale.
Octo Marine in collaboration with Yachting Pages Media Group and Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), is launching ‘Save Our Seas (S.O.S) Bottle Project’, alongside our ‘Think Outside The Bottle’ campaign designed to help the fight against plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
The new initiative seeks to unite the superyacht industry in a bid to help reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles entering our oceans, and ultimately help prevent further damage from being inflicted on our fragile marine eco-systems.
It takes roughly 500 years for a plastic bottle to degrade and statistics state that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish*. Approximately 8 million individual pieces of marine litter enter the sea every day**, with more than 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals dying annually from plastic debris***.
Officially launching in July, ‘S.O.S Bottle Project’ will see reusable aluminium drink bottles distributed to 5,000 superyachts across France, Italy and Spain, with an additional 5,000 bottles available on request. Each bottle, which will be distributed in Yachting Pages Delivers’ (YPD) 100% recyclable YPD bags – made from recycled plastic bottles – will contain an urgent message inside, encouraging the entire superyacht industry to act now by collectively ending the use of plastic bottles aboard superyachts.
To support the ‘S.O.S Bottle Project’ message, each of the YPD bags will also include BLUE’s 2018 Review, outlining its incredible worldwide conservation wins and latest developments in innovative fisheries management, and Octo Marine’s latest brochure, which is equipped with forward-thinking water treatment solutions.
The ‘S.O.S Bottle Project’ message will encourage yacht crew members, captains and owners to complete four simple steps in order to help ‘Save Our Seas’:
1. Donate to Blue Marine Foundation
2. Once donated, request additional FREE reusable water bottles from Yachting Pages by emailing email@example.com
3. Contact Octo Marine by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting its website, and enquire about how to maintain the quality of your onboard water drinking water and drinking water systems
4. Stop buying single use plastic bottles
Steve Crowe, CEO and founder of Yachting Pages, commented, “Yachting Pages is proud to be working alongside BLUE and Octo Marine, both of whom are on the front line of implementing sustainable practices to protect our oceans and marine habitats. We would also like to extend our thanks to long-time partner Lürssen for their support in the creation of the S.O.S bottles and YPD bags.
“The S.O.S Bottle Project encourages the yachting industry to support its marine environment and seize this opportunity to make a real difference.”
The ‘S.O.S Bottle Project’ will officially launch on Monday 8th July during our Yachting Pages Delivers trip across the French Riviera.
For bottle delivery information and to view our terms and conditions, please visit 'Save Our Seas Bottle Project'.
Follow #SOSBOTTLE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram throughout 2019 to support this environmental movement.
* Ellen MacArthur / The Guardian, More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, says Ellen MacArthur
** OSPAR & UNEP, Marine Litter: Preventing a Sea of Plastic, 2009
*** UNESCO, Facts and Figures on Marine Pollution, 2014
Octo Marine was proud to supply the Mission Ocean Project with an Octo Deepblue® 25 series water maker and water treatment equipment. We wish them all the best with this great cause.
This year Octo Marine are delighted to be joining forces with Yachting Pages Media Group during the 28th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show taking place in Port Hercules from the 26th to 29th September. As a leading directory and must have guide to services for the yachting industry, Yachting Pages are helping to promote The Octo Marine campaign of 'THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE', aiming to reduce plastic waste onboard the yachts throughout the Monaco Yacht Show by providing Yachting Pages with filtered drinking water from their terrace bar at STARS’N’BARS restaurant . Visitors will be served their choice of chilled, still or sparkling water in biodegradable cups or in one of our much sought-after Octo Marine aluminum bottles.
Yachting Pages, a trusted brand helping people to search, market and communicate within the global superyacht industry, have already taken steps towards the reduction of plastic consumption with their support of the STARS’N’BARS’ Eco Angel campaign. Set to take place immediately after the show, volunteers are invited to join the Eco Angels to pick up leftover plastic waste and help raise awareness of environmental responsibility.
“We’re excited to be teaming up with Octo Marine for the Monaco Yacht Show as we take another step in making a positive environmental impact. It’s encouraging to see companies like Octo Marine campaigning for the reduction in plastic in the industry. We invite visitors to come to the terrace at STARS’N’BARS throughout the show to find out more and to sample the water,” said Steve Crowe, founder and CEO of Yachting Pages.