System 001 is a 600m-long floating array with screen designed to collect floating plastic
debris for recycling. The project began with a two-week trial, before transport to the
installation location at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 NM from San Francisco.
Being the first time such a system is launched, the project presents a number of
challenges to be addressed during the planning, engineering, and finally, operational
stages. For example, during the tow, Maersk Launcher could not exceed a speed of 3.5
knots due to the delicacy of the system compared to an average of 8 knots during
traditional offshore energy-related towing operations.