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Tackling the growing plastic pollution problem

AuthorsJoost Sterenborg, Nicola Grasso
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 125
Date15 dec. 2018
Reading time6 minutes

The Ocean Cleanup has developed and built the first prototype of a free-floating cleanup system that will be placed in the North Pacific gyre to confine plastics and ease their collection. This full-scale system was recently launched in the Pacific Ocean and consists of an HDPE floating pipe with a 3-metre submerged skirt. During the final design phase, MARIN assisted The Ocean Cleanup by carrying out model tests to investigate the kinematics and loads on the barrier and screen.

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Nicola Grasso

Head of Section Autonomy & Decision Support

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