The road to the cleanup

Launched on September 8, 2018 from San Francisco, System 001 intends to prove The Ocean Cleanup’s technology in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics – situated halfway between Hawaii and California.

System 001 Overview

Launch

Launched on September 8, 2018, from San Francisco, System 001 intends to prove The Ocean Cleanup’s technology in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest accumulation zone of ocean plastics – situated halfway between Hawaii and California.

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Road to relaunch

With the understandings from the root cause analysis, the engineering team began to work on solutions that we could start trialing in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) in June. The upgraded design, which we have dubbed System 001/B, will entail various modifications that will be tested during our next campaign.

Boyan Slat explains the design modifications and the test campaign taking place this summer.

How it works

Our system takes advantage of natural oceanic forces to catch and concentrate plastic.