The Ocean Cleanup to Assemble 1st System in Alameda

Alameda Point is the site where assembly of the first cleanup system will begin within the next month, The Ocean Cleanup said.

The Dutch foundation and the City of Alameda have signed a lease agreement for portions of the former Alameda Naval Air Station, a peninsula now known as Alameda Point.

The combination of available yard space and sheltered water access would make the launch of Cleanup System #1 possible, according to the company.

As the 600-meter-long system will be assembled, it will gradually be lowered into the adjacent Seaplane Lagoon, where the system will be afloat until the launch window opens for the tow-out to the Pacific Ocean.

The assembly phase will be followed by a set of final tests before the attempt to launch this first cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, currently scheduled for mid-2018.

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