Will the systems interrupt shipping pathways?
The ocean garbage patches are vast (three times the size of France) and vessels crossing through it are rare – on average there are less than five within its boundaries.
Therefore, we expect minimal interactions with other vessels and will not be interrupting active shipping pathways. By having an active system, we can coordinate with other ships and change course when appropriate. We will put out a notice to mariners in that area, and there will be signs and lights on the ship and on the retention system to ensure it is visible. We will also be able to contact other vessels to inform them of our presence if necessary. If there are multiple systems in the area, we will follow the same procedure.