The Ocean Cleanup: System 001 has launched into the pacific.

“After 5 years of research, engineering and testing, we launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from San Francisco Bay, marking the start of the cleanup.” they stated on their website It will take 3-5 days to complete the transfer to the Pacific Trials testing area, where System 001 will be installed in its operational u-shape configuration for the first time. Afterwards System 001 will be towed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This will be a long journey, as the average tow speed is 2-4 knots.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation have conducted the most extensive analysis ever of this area.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch