During the summer of 2019, Maersk Supply Service extended its partnership with The Ocean Cleanup and supported the tow, installation and testing of the upgraded cleaning system, System 001/B, in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Using the lessons learned from the launch of the first cleaning system in September 2018, System 001/B is a modular floating array with screen designed to collect floating garbage from the oceans. Maersk Supply Service has drawn on its marine experience to support The Ocean Cleanup with towing the new system from Vancouver to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, launching the cleaning system on location, and daily monitoring and testing of the system. On 2 October 2019, it was announced that System 001/B was successfully collecting plastic debris.


For the 2019 World Cleanup Day, we joined the rest of the World to clean up our planet. Hear from Captain Jon Simonsen and his crew on Maersk Transporter. Are you onboard?

Project Details

The Ocean Cleanup

Tow, installation and monitoring of ocean cleaning system

Great Pacific Garbage Patch



Project management
Project engineering
HSE advisory
Marine operations

Zero Lost Time Incidents

Towing Operations
  • Tow of System 001/B

  • Monitoring

  • Inspections and adjustment

Safety Management
  • Project safety procedures

  • Project safety planning

  • HSE advisory

  • Emergency

Offshore Testing
  • Environmental baselining

  • Near shore test

  • Drift tests

  • Deep water sampling for plastic

  • Surface monitoring by drone

  • Closing procedure test of system

  • Mammal monitoring and baselining by means of passive acoustic monitoring bouys

  • Autonaut tests (unmanned monitoring vessel)

  • System behavior monitoring

  • Sampling of collected plastic

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