Watch: Ocean Cleanup system is ‘go’ for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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.

Ocean Cleanup gets green light to proceed to 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 requires Honolulu boatyard to reduce pollution

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. 

Ocean Cleanup system undergoing last tests before ‘main performance’

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.

New Zealand focuses on Pacific during World Maritime Day

Improving maritime safety in the Pacific is in the spotlight at an in Auckland on 19 September, to celebrate World Maritime Day. The Pacific Maritime Safety Programme’s long-term goal overall is reducing the risk of loss of life at sea. This year’s World Maritime Day theme is ‘Our heritage – better shipping for a better future’.

Australia to boost maritime security with new Pacific Fusion Centre

Australia revealed intentions to cooperate with regional partners for setting up a Pacific Fusion Centre, that will provide strategic analysis of information to help strengthen maritime domain awareness and provide security alerts and advice for Pacific security agencies.

Whale tracks found on deep-sea mining region

A new study by UK’s National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton has revealed a series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor, which may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by an autonomous underwater vehicle in the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaiian ports resume operations as Hurricane Hector degrades

The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened all commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. All vessel and cargo operations have resumed in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties. Hurricane Hector is expected to continue to move west and degrade as it continues in its current direction. 

Captain and four crew sentenced for cocaine smuggling on high seas

Five crew members were sentenced in a US court this week for smuggling 1,205 pounds of cocaine across the ocean in low-profile vessels, including a captain who received a 17-year term. The defendants were sentenced to spend between 84-210 months in prison. 

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