The first offshore cleaning system was to be installed last month in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located halfway between Hawaii and California.
As reported in last month’s Sea Breezes, the Dutch nonprofit organisation Ocean Cleanup has developed a 600m long system that has a screen to collect plastic debris for recycling. The Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation zone for plastics on Earth, containing as much as 16 times more plastic than previously estimated.
Timelapse drone shot of System 001 during one of the re-orientation tests. If it performs well for the remaining tests, we will have another checklist item completed. pic.twitter.com/u630jEX2KZ— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) September 20, 2018
The Maersk Supply Services AHTS Maersk Launcher was due to tow the first unit, Cleanup System I, to the Garbage Patch last month.
A P Moller-Maersk is partly funding the installation of the first system. As part of its contribution, the Danish group will provide open top containers for the collected plastic.