Retired Naval Engineer, Captain of the 1st rank Konstantin Vasilyev decided to donate his pension to the cause of saving life at sea.
To read more about Captain Vasilyev please use the link below.
Ms. Ana Rosa Correa Izquierdo, Biologist, Enviromental Scientist, Ambassdor of BNLI, reports:
Synthetic fibres: An invisible pollution that is reaching the aquatic and human food chain.
Synthetic fibers are products derived from petroleum, which are not biodegradable, such as nylon, polyester, polyethylene, among many others. Microfibers are in our fabrics, in our clothes and thousands of microfibers are shed in each wash. These microfibers are actually non-biodegradable plastics.
Scientists have calculated that in each wash of our clothes thousands and thousands of these synthetic plastic fibers can be detached, their size is so small that the filters of the washing machines pass, they go to the drains and also the filters of the purification stations wastewater, so these microfibers end up reaching lakes, rivers and oceans.
They are invisible in the water but they will become food for zooplankton and in turn for fish and marine mammals, polluting the waters of the oceans and damaging the health of their fauna. These plastic microfibers are accumulated inside the body of fish and shellfish as well as all marine fauna. In particular, scientific studies have been done with fish and shellfish where large accumulations of these plastics have been found which will follow the trophic chain until they reach the table of anyone who consumes them, so this invisible but dangerous contamination of the oceans is arriving to human houses and signs part of their food in a camouflaged way.
Faced with this problem, solutions are sought to protect our oceans and avoid continuing to pollute them, some good and simple solutions are to use bags with special filters that retain microfibrils, it consists of putting our clothes inside these bags before putting them in the washing machine. Other solutions would be to make better designs of the washing machines with special filters that retain the synthetic microfibrils detached from our clothes.
Nowadays almost all our clothes contain synthetic fibers, another solution would be to try to use more natural and less synthetic fabrics, although this is not easy to achieve because it depends a lot on the textile industries and the manufactures of today.
Filter systems in sewage treatment plants could also be improved to prevent these polluting fibers from reaching the sea as their final destination and from there to animals and humans. It is about protecting our oceans with everything we can and as soon as possible and together.
Protecting our oceans is protecting life.
Marine ecosystems are being negligently destroyed all around the globe by dredging ports and marinas, deep sea cabling and drilling. Their destruction combined with marine pollution caused the acidification of the sea and a terrible loss of biodiversity. Byzantine National Lifeboat Institution is launching a world-wide campaign called “Blue Carbon” to monitor the condition of the seabed, the level of blue carbon and to alert the general public and policy makers.
Any individual can join Sole Survivor Score, a worldwide competition, organized by Byzantine National Lifeboat Institution. Contact us to send youtube video link with your achievements, big or small, and our sponsors will reward the most distinguished competitors. As example please see below a video of the founder of BNLI cold water swimming. The sea water temperature is 13-14 degrees Celsius with an average expected survival time of one hour. The wind is Force 6 or 27 knots.
Training of the lifeboat crew members up to STCW (The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafares) is a top priority for Byzantine National Lifeboat Institution.
Building a fleet of lifeboats is essential for a long-term success of the rescue missions. Donors have a chance to attend the official naming ceremony and blessing of the new lifeboat.
Procuring long-range all weather rescue vessels is a top priority for the Byzantine National Lifeboat Institution.
The promotion of Byzantine history and maritime culture is an important cultural mission of the Byzantine National Lifeboat Institution. The Siege of Nicaea took place from May 14 to June 19, 1097 and was an important historical victory for the Byzantine navy. Our campaign aims at reenactment of the siege.
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