Updates

Research, Oceanography

Investigating Plastic Detection from Space

After almost 3 years of work, The Ocean Cleanup research team has recently submitted its comprehensive results about plastic pollution in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. More than 1.2 million pieces of plastic have been collected, counted, sorted, characterised and categorised. Terabytes of aerial images and data have been...

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General

The Road to the Cleanup: Design locked, procurement started

To meet our ambitious schedule to deploy the first cleanup system mid next year, the team has to take critical decisions on a weekly basis. Several key milestones were met in the past several months. Last week, we confirmed the final order for the first full length floater, officially kicking off the procurement phase. Boyan Slat...

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Team

Lonneke Holierhoek joins The Ocean Cleanup as COO

The Ocean Cleanup is pleased to announce Lonneke Holierhoek has joined the organization as Chief Operations Officer, taking on the challenge of managing the development of The Ocean Cleanup’s technology towards execution.  In 2018 The Ocean Cleanup is set to deploy its very first ocean cleanup system in the North Pacific...

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Testing, Engineering

New North Sea prototype successfully deployed

Moving towards the deployment of our first cleanup system in mid-2018, The Ocean Cleanup continues to test and verify system components. On August 29 we deployed the first part our new North Sea prototype. The new North Sea tests are aimed at assessing two variations of floater-screen connections as well as the application of antifouling...

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Team, Research

Dr. Richard Spinrad Joins The Ocean Cleanup’s Scientific Advisory Board

The Ocean Cleanup is honored to welcome former NOAA Chief Scientist Dr. Richard (Rick) Spinrad as the newest member of our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). In his advisory role, Dr. Spinrad will focus on challenging our work and designs based on his extensive experience in oceanography and the maritime technology field. His role will...

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Testing, Engineering

Second North Sea Prototype to be tested in August

Our first cleanup system is scheduled to be deployed by mid-2018; less than 10 months from now. The Ocean Cleanup team is now moving full speed ahead towards execution, but in parallel continues to test parts of the system to maximize the chances of success. While production of the full-length floater is underway in California, the...

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Team

Jos Huijbregts joins The Ocean Cleanup as CFO

The Ocean Cleanup is pleased to announce Jos Huijbregts has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer, taking up the challenge of managing the development of The Ocean Cleanup’s financial and organizational growth. Jos will be a member of the Management Team at The Ocean Cleanup and will be responsible for managing the...

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Research

Quantifying global plastic inputs from rivers into oceans

Quantifying plastic pollution in the world’s ocean requires a good understanding of sources. It is commonly accepted that most plastic found in or near the marine environment is coming from land-based sources. Rivers particularly may play an important role in transporting mismanaged plastic waste from land into the ocean. Our...

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General

How to better clean the oceans - in 10 pictures

If you missed our announcement on May 11th, here is a photo album summarizing the 10 key moments of Boyan’s presentation. Shortly put, we announced the introduction of a mobile drifting system. This modular technology enables The Ocean Cleanup to accelerate production, deployment and extraction of plastic from the ocean....

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General

Pacific cleanup set to start in 2018

On May 11th during The Next Phase event, we finally unveiled what we have been covertly working on for the past two years; an improvement to our design that will enable us to start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. This design improvement also increases the efficiency of the system; we...

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