Lankhorst manufactured circular fendering part for The Ocean Cleanup


The Ocean Cleanup aims to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025. The Dutch non-profit organization unveiled its invention to prevent the unrelenting flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans on the 26th of October. The Interceptor™, under development by The Ocean Cleanup since 2015, complements the organization’s founding mission by attacking the flow of plastic garbage at its source, the world’s vast network of rivers. Boyan Slat’s favourite thing about the vessel is a part of the fendering manufactured by Lankhorst from plastic out of the ocean, making it a fully circular.

The Interceptor™ is the first scalable solution to intercept river plastic pollution and can be deployed around the world. It is capable of extracting 50,000 kg of trash per day – even reaching 100,000 kg per day under optimized conditions.

The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor™ is environmentally friendly and 100 percent solar-powered, with onboard lithium-ion batteries that enable it to operate day and night without any noise or exhaust fumes. The system is anchored to the riverbed to utilize the natural flow of the river to catch the plastic and is designed for 24/7 autonomous operation, removing the need for dangerous manual work. Its floating barrier that is used to direct the garbage into the system only spans part of the river; it will not interfere with other vessels and does not harm the safety, nor impede the movement of wildlife – critical requirements when operating in major rivers. An internet-connected onboard computer monitors the system’s performance, energy usage, and component health.

Boyan Slat: “My favorite thing about the Interceptor, it’s part of the fendering, let’s make it from plastic that we’ve taken out of the ocean, I think that’s just full circle”.

Watch the video here (quote at 17:00):


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