The Ocean Cleanup First Sea Trial To Be Deployed This Week

Posted: Jun 27 2016, 10:08am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

The Ocean Cleanup First Sea Trial to be Deployed This Week
  • Dutch Foundation reveals its First North Sea Prototype

A Dutch foundation bearing the name Ocean Cleanup has revealed its first North Sea prototype.

Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation makes state-of-the-art technologies that get rid of the plastic remains in the oceans. Today, it revealed its North Sea prototype. This will go into operation starting from the next week.

It will be the first such system that will be tested at sea. The Dutch government and another organization were represented at the unveiling ceremony of the prototype. It will be set up in the North Sea. There it will remain for a year’s time period.

The 100 meter long barrier system will ensure its prolonged functionality. There will also be sensors attached to it all the better to track its movement. Engineers will use this structure to gauge a cleanup act of the ocean’s garbage.

The barrier essentially acts like a net that catches the debris floating through the sea. As for the source of energy behind this barrier, it is the currents of the sea. Its testing is a must though. It is indeed a historic occasion. The cleanup act that will benefit marine life in the ocean is sure to take place.

The ever-burgeoning problem of ocean pollution will have to be tackled. What better way of countering man-made trash in the oceans than by Ocean Cleanup’s barriers. The first pilot system will be created by the time 2017 rolls in. The system will be tested to see if it breaks.

Even if it does, more and better structures are on the way to take its place in the future. The ultimate goal is the prevention of marine pollution and environmental degradation. Plastics remain a problematic issue in the world today.

Ocean Cleanup employs sophisticated technologies in order to clean the seas and oceans of the world. It was founded three years ago by Boyan Slat who was merely a teenager. The startup employs 50 engineers and experts to do the job of cleaning up the waterways.

Instead of doing the work from boats and vessels, the ocean’s waves are used to allow the barriers to catch the debris. This latter technique is a more efficient and quicker method than the former. The startup will go into action on a serious basis sometime in 2020.

“This is a historic day on the path toward clean oceans. A successful outcome of this test should put us on track to deploy the first operational pilot system in late 2017,” said, Boyan Slat, CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup. “I estimate there is a 30% chance the system will break, but either way it will be a good test.”

Dutch Environment Minister Sharon Dijksma said, “The Ocean Cleanup is an inspiring example of how we can tackle the growing problem of ocean pollution. I hope that with the help of the Dutch government, Boyan’s prototype will turn out to be the successful solution for cleaning up the mid-ocean gyres. This is crucial to prevent permanent damage to the environment and marine life, due to the degradation and fragmentation of plastic waste materials.”

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, said, “It has been inspiring to work with The Ocean Cleanup. Now that everything is ready, we are looking forward to the really exciting next step, with the transportation and installation of the barrier. I wish Boyan and his team success with their journey towards a plastics-free ocean.”

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