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WATCH: Ocean Cleanup completes Mission #1 in Great Pacific Garbage Patch

PortandTerminal.com, December 14, 2019

The Ocean Cleanup announced that its system is successfully capturing and collecting plastic debris, from massive ghost nets down to microplastics one millimeter in size

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, has brought the first batch of ocean plastic to shore following their first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup

Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, announced that this plastic trash will be transformed into sustainable products, that will be sold to help fund the continuation of the cleanup operations. To confirm the origin of these future plastic products, The Ocean Cleanup has worked with DNV GL, an international classification society, to verify plastic that is removed from the ocean.

End of mission #1

Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup founder, giving a recap of Mission #1 in Vancouver, Canada (December 12, 2019)

The purpose of The Ocean Cleanup’s first mission in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was to confirm the concept of passive plastic collection by means of the natural forces of the ocean.

After several ups and downs, in October 2019 The Ocean Cleanup announced that the system is successfully capturing and collecting plastic debris, from massive ghost nets down to microplastics one millimeter in size.

From pollution to product

Photo of plastic waste salvaged from the ocean including several white, empty detergent bottles

The Ocean Cleanup has, from its start, planned to create a value chain on the basis of their collected debris, with the aim of funding continued cleanup operations. Today, The Ocean Cleanup announces its intention to develop attractive, sustainable products made from material collected in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The return to shore of the first plastic catch marks the beginning of this journey.

“Welcoming the first catch of plastic on land is the moment we have been looking forward to for years. I believe we can use this trash to turn a problem into a solution by transforming this unique material into a beautiful product. As most people will never go to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, through these products, we aim to give everyone the opportunity to take part in the cleanup”,

Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup founder

As this will be the first time it will be attempted to produce products fully made from plastic taken out of the ocean, the road ahead for the catch is likely going to be challenging. If all goes well, the organization expects to launch this premier product made from material collected in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in September 2020. Details of the product, pricing, and quantity are also set to be announced at this time.

Mission #2

With the conclusion of Mission One, The Ocean Cleanup has begun preparations for their next system, System 002. The aim of this new design is to create a full-scale, fully operational system. The engineering team has initiated the development phase by addressing the essential remaining design challenges – long-term durability and sustained plastic retention – and will test updated features, once completed. System 002 will be a key stepping stone to the full-scale cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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