Kwai, the motor-sailing cargo arrived and docked at the port of Honolulu, having caught more than 100 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (also known as the Gyre).
An IMO-supported international centre responsible for coordinating efforts to prevent oil spills and protect the marine environment in the north-west Pacific Ocean is to expand its areas of work, following a high-level meeting in Seoul on 28-30 August.
Sea pollution is increasing rapidly as ghost nets and plastic are seen travelling through the world’s oceans. Marine debris is hazardous not only for the the people making a living by the oceans, but also for the marine life. To save the oceans a California-based cargo ship named ‘Kwai’ collected 40 tonnes of plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and docked in a Konolulu, Hawaii Harbour.
Four weeks after the cleaning System 001 was first deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), the largest accumulation of ocean plastic, The Ocean Cleanup informed of some problems in the operation. The plastic is exiting the system once it is collected, so the Foundation is currently working on causes and solutions to remedy this.
Shortly after the Ocean Cleanup completed cleanup trials in the Pacific, the NGO conducted a meeting on Tuesday evening to fully evaluate the current situation. After two hours of evaluation and discussion, it was concluded that System 001 shall continue to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Ocean Cleanup announced that it has the ‘go’ to continue its journey to the the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and start cleaning plastics, after two weeks of tests in the Pacific. The system did not sustain any significant damage and is now able to proceed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
US EPA has reached an agreement with ship repair facility Keehi Marine, Inc. to reduce pollution in its stormwater discharges to Keehi Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. By November, the boatyard must ensure that its discharges meet the requirements of its state stormwater discharge permit.
Following the successful launch from the San Francisco Bay, The Ocean Cleanup’s System 001 traveled 350 nautical miles to commence the Pacific Trials. The trials will last approximately two weeks and are a crucial step before the System head 800 nm to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to clean the ocean plastic.
Plastics make up 85% of marine litter globally and are even reaching people’s dinner tables. But where does all this plastic lie? The largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world can be found between Hawaii and California, in the North Pacific and is no other than the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The GPGP covers an area three times the size of France.
Using the advanced technologies available at MARIN, the Ocean Cleanup has conducted new scale model tests of its system. Through continued testing, the Dutch foundation was able to adapt and redesign its system, as needed, in order to have the best possible chance of effectively working in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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