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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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