The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
A full-scale deployment of our systems is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every 5 years.
Founded in 2013 by a then 18-year old Dutch inventor named Boyan Slat.
Here was Slat in 2017 explaining the Ocean Cleanup’s plans to launch their ambitious project.
The Ocean Cleanup’s team now consists of more than 80 engineers, researchers, scientists and computational modelers working daily to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
System 001 was the first system that the Ocean Cleanup originally deployed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch back in early Fall 2018.
During the four months of deployment, the challenges brought a greater understanding of the environment of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and how the system behaves in it.
All three shifts collected incredible amounts of data which are now being to enhance the design of our technology.
System 001 was brought back to port in Hawaii in January, but the group plans to return to the patch with an improved design in the coming months.
Above is the video overview of the first mission of this fascinating and exciting project to rid the world’s oceans of plastics.