The break was discovered on Dec. 29
during a routine inspection by the cleanup system’s crew. A 60-foot end
section of the 2,000-foot boom that corrals the plastic had detached,
Boyan Slat, Cleanup’s CEO, posted on the Dutch non-profit’s blog on New Year’s Eve.The
fracture was caused by material fatigue, he wrote. That’s likely
because of the intense action of the waves that puts tremendous stress
on objects in the water.
Was the part that broke off recovered or is it now part of the great garbage patch? MARPOL prosecutors take note.