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Global MeteOcean for a healthier planet: Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Project in the Great Pacific

Global MeteOcean has been supporting The Ocean Cleanup Project in the Great Pacific.

The Ocean Cleanup System 002
The Ocean Cleanup System 002 (Photo credits by The Ocean Cleanup)

The Ocean Cleanup is the biggest project in the world to remove floating plastic debris from the oceans and rivers. The project’s primary mission is to clean up floating plastics caught swirling in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located between California and Hawaii, a plastic accumulation zone with over 100,000,000 kilograms of plastic.


By removing plastic debris from the ocean, The Ocean Cleanup project aims to reduce the harm caused by plastic waste to marine life and the environment. Plastic debris can be ingested by marine animals, leading to a host of health issues, including starvation, suffocation, and entanglement. Additionally, plastic debris can break down into microplastics, which can be ingested by small fish and other marine organisms, ultimately making their way up the food chain - to be consumed by human beings.


While The Ocean Cleanup project consists of tackling a large area in phases, Global MeteOcean has been continuously assisting work conducted on their System 002 project.


The Ocean Cleanup Project: System 002


The Ocean Cleanup project has been making waves in the world of environmental conservation with its ambitious mission to remove plastic debris from oceans and rivers. Their latest iteration, the System 002, is a state-of-the-art vessel that aims to make a significant dent in the amount of floating plastic in the Great Pacific.


System 002’s test campaign in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch took place over 12 weeks (July to October 2021). During this phase, emphasis was placed on ensuring prevention and mitigation measures in ocean operations and gathering data for improved knowledge of the high seas ecosystem to ensure the protection and preservation of biodiversity. The tests were successful, and proof of technology has been confirmed. After the first batch of 61 extractions, System 002 removed 194,092 kg of plastic from the ocean.


More details on System 002 can be found here: https://theoceancleanup.com/milestones/system-002/


In March 2023, System 002 was redeployed and is actively harvesting more garbage.


GMO’s Weather Service Support


As a weather forecasting service, Global MeteOcean is proud to be able to support this project by providing The Ocean Cleanup Project with accurate weather forecasts and reports.


Weather plays a significant role in the success of the System 002 and support vessel's operations to clean up the oceans. Our offshore weather forecasting services provide The Ocean Cleanup project team with real-time weather assistance, including wind speeds and wave heights.


It is essential to ensure that the vessel can operate safely and effectively in the targeted areas. With the help of our ocean weather forecasts, the team at The Ocean Cleanup Project can optimise schedules and work within specific weather windows, minimising risks and increasing the chances of a smooth and successful operation.


We are proud to support The Ocean Cleanup project by providing them with our offshore weather forecasting services. Our collaboration with this project is an example of how different industries can come together to work towards a common goal of environmental conservation.


The System 002 is an impressive technological feat that has the potential to make a significant impact on the plastic waste crisis in the oceans. By using our weather forecasts they can work safely, optimise their schedule within the targeted areas to operate their system for catching plastic debris, creating a healthier planet for future generations.


For more details on accurate weather services for your offshore and oceanic operations, contact us today at commercial@globalmeteocean.com.

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