“Yesterday saw the successful launch of The Ocean Cleanup Prototype in the North Sea off coast Scheveningen.
This was designed and fabricated with many external parties of which most was provided either completely in-kind or partly sponsored by companies like Boskalis, SBM and MOCEAN.
The project manager is Coen Friederich, owner of Bluebird Consultant, and partner in MareVisie Flex.
It was not an easy task to get the 100 m barrier ready in time for departure on June 23. There were many engineering and installation hurdles to overcome.
The mooring buoys to which it is attached were installed the weekend before by Boskalis, so the barrier today only had to be prepared, towed out and connected to the buoys.
And that was successfully concluded in the afternoon, see the pictures.
The BoomyMcBoomFace as it is aptly called, will remain in the North Sea for a maximum of 1 year while it serves as a test bench for future projects to clean the oceans of plastic.
The tests comprise strength test, to check if it will survive the harsh North Sea conditions and to validate the simulation model which is set-up of the barrier.
Marin supplied all test equipment and will help to analyze the data gathered from the barrier which is transmitted with a datalink to shore.
This is the first step to the ultimate goal which is to clean the pacific ocean of all plastic gathered there.”
Ir. Coen Friederich