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The Ocean Cleanup Unveils First Prototype

First sea trial of ocean cleanup system to be deployed this week THE HAGUE, June 22, 2016 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, today unveiled its North Sea prototype. When installed later this week, the prototype will become the first ocean cleanup system ever...

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Team

Allard Van Hoeken Joins The Ocean Cleanup As COO

The Ocean Cleanup is pleased to announce Allard van Hoeken has joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer, taking up the challenge of managing the development of The Ocean Cleanup’s technology towards execution. Allard has joined the Management Team of The Ocean Cleanup and will be responsible for the organization’s...

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Research

Engineering An Ocean Cleanup Barrier From Scratch

How we design a system that does not ‘fight the ocean’, but rather ‘moves with it’?

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Research

A deep dive into plastic flow modeling

One of the main issues we are tackling at The Ocean Cleanup is to determine where, and in what concentrations, plastic pollution is distributed throughout the oceans. In order to clean up the worlds’ ocean garbage patches effectively, we need to get a crystal clear picture of where we should start. To achieve this, we are building...

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Research

First Cleanup Barrier Test to be deployed in Dutch waters

The Ocean Cleanup will be deploying a 100 meter-long barrier segment in the second quarter of 2016 in the North Sea, 23 km off the coast of The Netherlands. It will be the first time our barrier design will be put to the test in open waters. The main objective of the North Sea test is to monitor the effects of real-life sea conditions,...

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General

Why We Need To Clean The Ocean’s Garbage Patches

At The Ocean Cleanup, we’re developing the first feasible method to clean up world’s ocean garbage patches. Five vast areas of Open Ocean, known as the subtropical gyres, act as a trap for ocean plastic. We specifically focus on the North Pacific accumulation zone - also known as ‘the Great Pacific Garbage Patch’...

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Research

Ocean Cleanup Array to undergo 3D testing at MARIN

The Ocean Cleanup’s development of its cleanup technology has entered a new testing stage. Engineers are currently installing a scale model of the Ocean Cleanup Array in an offshore basin at the world-renowned Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). At the basin in Wageningen, The Netherlands, The Ocean Cleanup and its...

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Research

Deltares tests confirm workability of boom design

In the past months our engineering team has continued its work on developing the barriers designed to collect ocean plastics. To assess how the boom behaves in water, The Ocean Cleanup collaborated with independent research institute Deltares to perform a series of scale model tests. By generating artificial waves, currents and winds in...

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Oceanography

The Ocean Cleanup prepares for 2020 Pacific cleanup, successfully completes Mega Expedition reconnaissance mission

The Ocean Cleanup successfully concluded the Mega Expedition with the arrival of a first group of vessels including the fleet’s 171ft mothership in the port of San Francisco today. Using a series of measurement techniques, including trawls and aerial surveys, the fleet of close to 30 vessels sampled the concentration of plastic...

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Research

Research vessel "Ocean Starr" kicks off Mega Expedition

Today the 171 ft research vessel ‘’Ocean Starr’’ departed from San Francisco, marking the official start of the Mega Expedition. This will be the largest research expedition in history, in which around 30 vessels will cross the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in parallel, covering 3,500,000 km2 and collecting more...

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Oceanography

Final vertical distribution expedition completed

In 2013 we became the first to measure how the plastic soup in our oceans is vertically distributed in the top layers of the water surface. Two years and six expeditions later, we have created an extensive database of the vertical distribution of ocean plastic in a wide variety of weather conditions.  In order to create an...

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Oceanography

Why the Mega Expedition needs a mothership

We are happy to announce that marine research vessel “Ocean Starr” will join the Mega Expedition fleet to serve as our mothership. Formerly owned by NOAA, this vessel will be able to sample both small and large debris by deploying a surface trawl, big nets and a balloon for aerial surveys. The “Ocean Starr” will...

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Oceanography

First successful trawls during vertical distribution expedition

Expedition update from the Atlantic Ocean

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Oceanography

Announcing the Mega Expedition

The Ocean Cleanup, founded by the Dutchman Boyan Slat (1994) who invented a method aimed at cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, today announced its next major project: the Mega Expedition, in which up to 50 vessels will collect more plastic measurements in three weeks than have been collected in the past 40 years combined....

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Oceanography

The Wylde Swan expedition completed

Only a few days ago our fourth expedition reached the Azores after a month of sailing the North Atlantic Ocean. During this expedition, the team got the chance to deploy the new Multi-Level Trawl V2 for the first time. This device is used to measure plastic concentration at 10 depths simultaneously, and can now be deployed at two...

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Oceanography

Wylde Swan Expedition's departure from Sint Maarten

Today, our sampling team left Sint Maarten, embarking on a month-long expedition through the North Atlantic Gyre. Crew prepares for the expedition, delivering equipment to the Wylde Swan. Eager to join us on an expedition yourself? We still have a few spots left for our June and July expeditions.

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Oceanography

Ocean Plastic Within Reachable Cleanup Depths

A study published today in the journal Biogeosciences is reporting the first ever high-resolution vertical profiles of plastic pollution in the so-called “ocean garbage patches”.

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Research

It's here: Feasibility Study V2.0

Feasibility Study V2.0 is now available for download.

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General

Crowd funding campaign successfully completed

With the support of over 38,000 funders from 160 countries, in 100 days over US$ 2 million has been raised.

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Oceanography

Third expedition completed

While we are making preparations to start Phase 2, our work continues. We have just finished our third expedition to the North Atlantic Gyre, to measure the depth profile of plastic pollution.

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General

Responding to critics

I never intended to write this piece. The articles I am about to comment on are now over a year old, and when people asked me for a response on these articles, I always asked them to ‘be patient and let the feasibility study decide’.

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Research

Feasibility study published

Watch The Ocean Cleanup Release Event which took place in New York City on June 3rd where the results of the feasibility study were presented.

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Research

Fluid dynamics simulations in the Azores

We're on Pico (the Azores), where in the next few days we'll be deploying a 40m-long testing rig, with the aim of validating our fluid dynamics simulations in real life conditions.

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Oceanography

Announcing The Ocean Cleanup Gyre Research Expedition # 3

Following our two very successful expeditions in the past few months, we are pleased to announce another expedition to the North Atlantic Gyre.

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