06 July 2016
Dutch foundation ‘The Ocean Cleanup’ successfully installed a 100 m long prototype barrier in the North Sea last month, in a major step towards full scale implementation of the Ocean Cleanup array by 2020. The foundation is led by 21-year-old Dutch inventor and entrepreneur, Boyan Slat (pictured right), who has launched this initiative to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
The floating test barrier was installed in the North Sea, 23 km off the coast of Scheveningen in The Netherlands, on 23 June 2016, by dredging and marine contractor Boskalis, where it will remain for one year. The objective is to test how The Ocean Cleanup’s floating barrier fares in extreme weather at sea – the kind of conditions the system will eventually face when deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California.
Various elements of the design were reviewed by Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Support Office in Rotterdam. Arie Wolters, LR Senior Surveyor in Charge, who carried out the survey of the barrier installation, said: "The launching of the prototype was an exciting and successful day, I am very happy that Lloyd's Register are able to contribute to the Ocean Cleanup’s extraordinary mission and very proud to be a part of it."
For a full overview of the project, visit www.theoceancleanup.com
All images courtesy of 'The Ocean Cleanup'