During its maiden voyage, the 600-metre long floating boom broke, with creator of the Ocean Cleanup project Boyan Slat also adding that the system did not maintain sufficient speed.
“Allowing plastic to exit the system,” he said.
“Additionally, the floater suffered from a structural failure, causing an 18-metre end section to disconnect from the rest of the system.”
Over recent months, the team worked on solving the issues to get the system back into the sea.
“The main improvement of the structural design was to simplify the HDPE pipe and allow minimal fluctuations in the wall thickness,” Slat said.