Maersk Supply Service will support The Ocean Cleanup by installing their first clean up system in the North Pacific. This will mark the beginning of the initiative of collecting floating ocean plastic debris.
Namely, the Ocean Cleanup along with Maersk Supply Service will install the first offshore cleaning system this fall, in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).
The system will depart on September 8, 2018 for a two week sea trial. After that it will be towed to the final location at the GPGP. The campaign will last 60 days, with Maersk Supply Service supervising the operation.
Maersk launcher is currently charter by DeepGreen, which will release it in order to participate in the Ocean Cleanup operation. The contribution to project will be $2 million in vessel services and equipment.
The Ocean Cleanup is a Dutch non-profit that promotes technologies to clean the oceans from plastic. Its aim is to install a fleet of at least 60 floating screens in order to remove 40,000 tonnes of plastic from the GPGP every five years. This amount corresponds to the half of the plastic that are currently on GPGP.