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For shipping, the UK Chamber of Shipping identifies the key threat posed by marine litter lies in navigational safety. Plastics can easily become entangled in a vessel’s vital technical equipment (e.g. propellers, rudders etc.) which can lead to reduced power and manoeuvrability – even engine failure and/or loss of steering. Disruption to vessels operations or schedules and, crucially, damage to a vessels technical equipment have significant financial implications for its owners, its insurers and its customers.
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