Our first large-scale ocean cleanup system, System 002, allowed us to reach proof of technology in October 2021. Following this validation, System 002 continued to harvest plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. These operations provided valuable insights into how we can improve system efficiency and mitigation measures, while the continuity of cleaning operations demonstrated that we are moving towards our efficiency targets and progressing our plan for scale-up. System 002 transitioned gradually into System 03, and the last trip of System 002 ended on 21 August 2023. All content below should be credited to The Ocean Cleanup.