NEWS RELEASE, MARCH 25, 2018 – Ecocoast has collaborated with The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, to successfully design and manufacture the screen for its marine barrier system.
The marine barrier is a complex engineered design consisting of a 600 meter long floating element made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), to which a screen is attached that reaches 3 meters down under water. The screen, designed and manufactured by Ecocoast, is made from a tightly constructed, geotextile-inspired material. It recently passed rigorous tests in the North Sea to determine final design parameters, measure loads and monitor underwater behaviour. The barrier will undergo final testing in San Francisco early April, aimed at investigating its behaviour under tow to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area in the Pacific Ocean, located between San Francisco and Hawaii, where currents converge and collect floating debris, mainly different types of plastic. The marine barrier is built to contain and concentrate ocean debris, which in turn will be extracted and shipped to shore for recycling.
“Ecocoast’s mission is to pioneer new solutions to protect and support marine and coastal development, making our collaboration with The Ocean Cleanup an ideal arrangement,” says Lachlan Jackson, Managing Director at Ecocoast. “This innovation to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch marks another pioneering milestone for the company,” he said.
“The collective expertise and experience of our teams who have worked together here in Dubai and the Netherlands has resulted in the design of a marine barrier system that is unparalleled,” adds Jackson. “We are thrilled and privileged to work with The Ocean Cleanup and support their goal of eliminating plastic in our oceans.”
A full-scale deployment of the marine barrier system is estimated to clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years. The Ocean Cleanup’s ambition to clean up the world’s 5 ocean garbage patches is estimated to hold over 5 trillion pieces of plastic.
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Photo credit: The Ocean Cleanup