The Ocean Cleanup unveils its North Sea prototype

Today the prototype for The Ocean Cleanup, the barrier has been unveiled.

Erwin Zwart, Fabrique Computer Graphics, has made several artist impressions earlier this year of the prototype. This prototype will be used to test durability in the extreme weather conditions of the North Sea. Two of The Ocean Cleanup’s main partners, the Dutch government, and world-renowned dredging and marine contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., were represented at the unveiling.

The Prototype is a 100 meter long barrier segment that represents the barrier to be used in the Pacific Ocean for the cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. To collect data, sensors are used to track every movement. The test is realistic. In the North Sea the conditions are harsher than in the Pacific Ocean. The test will not be for collecting garbage, although some will be caught.

First sea trial of Ocean Cleanup system to be deployed this week. In 2017 the pilot for the Pacific Ocean is scheduled for deploy and full scale during 2020.

Artist impression

Prototype Ocean Cleanup

Artist impression

Prototype Ocean Cleanup

Artist impression

Prototype Ocean Cleanup

Artist impression

Prototype Ocean Cleanup