Ocean Cleaning System Launched Near Japanese Shore

04.06.2015

The new platform for the collection of plastic waste will be launched off the coast of Tsushima Island in the Korea Strait in late 2016. A device called Ocean Cleanup was developed by Dutch scientists. Platform is about two kilometers long, it is arranged in a way that it will not harm marine life. Structure consisting of a container and two long beams arranged at an angle to each other will float on the ocean surface without movement.

Ocean Cleaning System Launched Near Japanese Shore

However, it will be positioned so that ocean currents themselves will drive tiny particles of the plastic concentrated in the surface layers of the water into the container. This technique is 33 times cheaper than existing methods of collecting plastic waste. And if it turns to be sufficiently effective, such devices will appear in other parts of the oceans. In particular, within five years there will be a hundred-kilometer platform that will collect plastic debris from the Pacific Great Garbage Patch.

Ocean Cleaning System Launched Near Japanese Shore