Source - Business Insider
Source: Business Insider

Norvergence wants to congratulate the dutch inventor and engineer, “Boyan Slat” who invented the floating machine that helps in cleaning up the plastic from the ocean.

Slat said and Norvergence quotes: “After beginning this journey seven years ago, this first year of testing in the unforgivable environment of the high seas strongly indicates that our vision is attainable and that the beginning of our mission to rid the ocean of plastic garbage, which has accumulated for decades, is within our sights.

Our team has remained steadfast in its determination to solve immense technical challenges to arrive at this point. 

Though we still have much more work to do, I am eternally grateful for the team’s commitment and dedication to the mission and look forward to continuing to the next phase of development.”

Norvergence: Specifications of the Floating Machine

Source - NBS News

This Ocean Cleanup Project’s high tech system 001/B consists of devices such as cameras, satellite sensors, a support vessel (to collect the trapped plastic).

The good news is that the machine deployment hasn’t caused any adverse environmental impact on the ocean.

Norvergence: “Mission Continues”, Get Ready for the second round

In a press statement, The Ocean Cleanup said and Norvergence quotes: “Despite the early success of System 001/B, there is still much work to do. With new learnings and experience derived from the successful deployment of System 001/B, The Ocean Cleanup will now begin to design its next ocean cleanup system, System 002; a full-scale cleanup system that is able to both endure and retain the collected plastic for long periods of time.

Once fully operational, The Ocean Cleanup will return plastic to land for recycling. The timing of that phase of the mission is contingent upon further testing and design iteration.”

Norvergence: All you need to know about The Ocean Cleanup

The reputed NGO Norvergence proudly mention another non- government engineering environmental organization, “The Ocean Cleanup” that developed the floating machine. Its CEO “Boyan Slot” proposed the cleanup project in 2012. Slot did a Ted Talk where he outlined this project.

IN 2012, he revised the design and it won the London Design Museum Design of the year award in 2015. In the same year, the scale model tests were conducted successfully and in the following year, the open sea tests were also performed.

By collecting feedback, significant changes in design were made again in 2017 which led to a series of scale models and sea tests.

After so much effort, in October 2019, Slat successfully tested his floating machine in the Pacific Ocean.

Norvergence: Chinese Cargo Ships cause most ocean plastic pollution

In a study, it was revealed that most ocean pollution is caused by Chinese cargo ships. Reacting to it, a spokesperson from The Ocean Cleanup said: Everyone talks about saving the oceans by stopping using plastic bags, straws, and single-use packaging. That’s important, but when we head out on the ocean, that’s not necessarily what we find.”