The Ocean Clean Up -A Solution to Get Rid of Plastic Trash in the Sea

7 November, 2017 | by SEN Team

According to the NGO Plastic Oceans the propagation of plastic products in the last 70 years has been surprising. We are now producing closely 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

The initiative that aims to end with the ocean waste is called The Ocean Clean Up. They are like barriers (large) that prevent floating debris from following the natural course of global marine currents. Placed in strategic points, these barriers would capture a large part of the floating matter that passes through where there is one of these.

ocean pollution solutions
The Ocean Clean Up Prototype

The Ocean Clean Up technology will be able to block and catch plastic trash on the sea meanwhile the pipe is also able to follow the wave stream in the form of U-shape. Once there some plastics caught by the floater, and then a vessel of the Ocean Clean Up will come and take the whole trash using a pump and belt.

After cleaning up the trash from the sea surface, it will save the sea species from danger. Meanwhile, the plastic garbage will be collected and then it will be recycled to be converted into high-quality products such as chairs, cell phone, car bumper, toys, sunglasses, and much more.

They currently have a prototype installed in the North Pacific. The operational design, however, is believed to be operational until the mid-2018.

LOCATION(S)
GPS: 52⁰12’521”N - 4⁰00‘167”E 12NM Offshore The Netherlands,Delft,Zuid-Holland,Netherlands The
START DATE
1 March 2013
PEOPLE INVOLVED
Boyan Slat: CEO & Founder, Lonneke Holierhoek: COO, Jos Huijbregts: CFO