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US 'Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic

17:20  02 october  2019
17:20  02 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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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 The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, using the natural oceanic forces to catch and concentrate the plastic .

A supply ship towing a long floating boom designed to corral ocean plastic has set sail from San The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup , a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of He said that scientists first learned about the plastic concentrating in the Pacific garbage patch in

A special ship designed to clean the oceans has harvested its first plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch since setting sail from San Francisco last month, its Dutch inventor said Wednesday.

a large ship in a body of water: Ocean Cleanup's ship finally sailed from San Francisco on September 9 for trials on cleaning the patch© JOSH EDELSON Ocean Cleanup's ship finally sailed from San Francisco on September 9 for trials on cleaning the patch

The project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, involves a supply ship towing a floating boom that corrals marine plastic with the aim of cleaning half of the infamous patch within five years.

"Today we announce that our cleaning system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been catching plastic for the first time," Boyan Slat, the 25-year-old Dutch CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup, told a press conference in Rotterdam.

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The Ocean Cleanup 's first cleanup system, System 001, is now on route into the Pacific Ocean . The system includes a tapered three-meter skirt to catch plastic floating just below the surface. The ship was heading to a spot 240 nautical miles off the California coastline for a two-week trial before

The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup , a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of The system includes a tapered three-meter skirt to catch plastic floating just below the surface. He said that scientists first learned about the plastic concentrating in the Pacific garbage patch in the

a man wearing a blue shirt: Slat came up with the idea seven years ago, and the system has been undergoing tests for the past year© JOSH EDELSON Slat came up with the idea seven years ago, and the system has been undergoing tests for the past year

"It's the first time actually anyone harvests plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. So we think that we can actually clean the oceans."

Slat came up with the idea seven years ago, and the system has been undergoing tests for the past year.

The Maersk Launcher ship finally sailed from San Francisco on September 9 for trials on cleaning the patch, a floating trash pile twice the size of France that swirls in the ocean halfway between California and Hawaii.

It was towing a 600 metre(2,000-foot)-long boom device designed by Slat dubbed System 001, aimed at containing floating ocean plastic so it can be scooped up and recycled.

The system includes a tapered three-metre skirt to catch plastic floating just below the surface.


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