Boyan Slat is a 24-year-old Dutch inventor and CEO of the non-profit entity, The Ocean Cleanup. The organization’s mission is to develop advanced technologies to remove the world’s ocean plastic.
Since 2015, the world is following the progress of the Ocean Cleanup that aims to get rid the world’s largest patch of garbage, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. After years of testing and research, it is now ready to launch the system and start the Pacific cleanup.
The invention is composed of an almost 2,000-foot-long tube that floats on the water with a 10-foot tapered skirt attached to it to prevent debris from escaping. The water currents will naturally carry the system and as the tube curves, it will accumulate garbage in the center for easy removal. Every few months, a vessel can go retrieve the trash for sorting and recycling. This simple plan is proven to be effective in testing and now that the system has surpassed its last tests for seaworthiness, it’s finally ready to take on its actual mission.
The Ocean Cleanup system was launched on September 8, from its assembly yard to San Francisco Bay and towards the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It should take around 3.5 hours to enter the Pacific Ocean, at which point its last destination will be around 1,000 marine miles away. After the launch, Slat and his team’s next goal would be cleaning up half of the Patch in the next five years.
The Ocean Cleanup's first cleanup system, System 001, is now on route into the Pacific Ocean. Follow our progress over the next months as we head to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. pic.twitter.com/jvWg1PDHDw
— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) September 8, 2018
In exactly two weeks, we will launch our first cleanup system from San Francisco, into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We would like you to join us for this milestone, either in person or online. For schedule, viewing spots and the livestream, visit: https://t.co/1BtgT8VOAz
— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) August 25, 2018
— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) September 3, 2018