The group of 11 scientists and engineers has been testing the system since Sept. 8. That was the day, accompanied by a press boat, fans and the cheering family of Boyan Slat, the 24-year-old Dutchman and CEO of The Ocean Clean Up who came up with the idea after dropping out of college, that the system was towed unassembled out from under the Golden Gate Bridge to a spot off the California coast.
There, it was assembled and tested for seaworthiness for 2½ weeks.
“It was the first time the entire system had been put together. There were a lot of theories about how it would work, but real life is always different,” Ferrari said.
The trial went well, so the system was disassembled and towed to its final placement 1,200 nautical miles out, halfway between the West Coast and Hawaii to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It took almost two weeks to sail to the spot, where the staff once again put the device together and began testing it.
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