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Ocean Cleanup device redeployed to trap plastic in Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Published on June 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

Ocean Cleanup device redeployed to trap plastic in Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A floating device designed to trap plastic trash in the ocean has been upgraded in a second attempt to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Ocean Cleanup device redeployed to trap plastic in Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN A floating device designed to trap plastic trash in the ocean has been upgraded in a second attempt to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

According to Ocean Cleanup, an upgraded design dubbed System 001/B is currently being redeployed to the patch.

New features include the attachment of inflatable buoys in the opening, which will tow the system forward, propelling it using the force of the wind.

Should the buoys fail, an alternative is to attach a parachute-like sea anchor that will turn the system around and bring the speed close to the speed of the water.

The screen has been brought forward in order to eliminate the rail connection that caused the boom fracture, and the heavy stabilizing frames removed to ease the load on the pipe.

The size of the barrier has also been reduced by a factor of three, in order to speed up procurement, assembly, and towing.

RUNDOWN SHOWS: 1.

Ocean Cleanup System 001 2.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch 3.

System 001 towed to Great Pacific Garbage Patch 4.

System 001 unable to retain collected plastic 5.

Floating boom broke apart under constant wind and waves 6.

Inflatable buoys on System 001/B 7.

Parachute sea-anchor on System 001/B 8.

Other changes made on System 001/B VOICEOVER (in English): "The Guardian reports that the Ocean Cleanup project's system 001 is a floating 600-meter long U-shaped barrier that is meant to collect plastic debris in the ocean." "The project's main goal is to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii." "Last September, System 001 was towed from San Francisco to the Patch, but problems arose during its first cleanup attempt." "While the system managed to catch plastic waste, it struggled to maintain sufficient speeds and was unable to retain the collected trash." "The floating boom also broke apart under constant wind and waves, reports the Guardian." "According to Ocean Cleanup, an upgraded design dubbed System 001/B is currently being redeployed to the patch." "New features include the attachment of inflatable buoys in the opening, which will tow the system forward, propelling it using the force of the wind." "Should the buoys fail to speed it up, an alternative option is to attach a parachute-like sea anchor that will turn the system around and bring the speed close to the speed of the water." "The screen has been brought forward in order to eliminate the rail connection that caused the boom fracture, and the heavy stabilizing frames removed to ease the load on the pipe." "The size of the barrier has also been reduced by a factor of three, in order to speed up procurement, assembly, and towing." SOURCES: Ocean Cleanup, The Guardian https://theoceancleanup.com/updates/system-design-upgrades-completed-to-be-relaunched-in-june/https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/23/great-pacific-garbage-patch-floating-plastic-trap-deployed-again *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377

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