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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    Awesome ombugge - thank you very much for finding these and for sharing them!

    I even got to see the bay and base which we tried to reach with Crystal Symphony during our Antarctica-cruise. We could not get too close because of way to much ice and ice-bergs and suddenly shifting winds.
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      This article and video show the first real attempt to collect plastic from the open ocean:


        The first of a planned 60 full scale Ocean Cleanup systems are being deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, ha;f way between California and Hawaii:


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          Thanks for posting this news item - an effort to clean up this part of the world where trash collects is much needed. Do you know if ships still dump sewage overboard? California certainly bears the brunt of rubbish in the Pacific currents.

        All ships over 400 GRT are under MARPOLE Annex IV:
        The revised Annex applies to ships, engaged in international voyages, of 400 gross tonnage and above or which are certified to carry more than 15 persons. The Annex requires ships to be equipped with either an approved sewage treatment plant or an approved sewage comminuting and disinfecting system or a sewage holding tank.

        The discharge of sewage into the sea is prohibited, except when the ship has in operation an approved sewage treatment plant or when the ship is discharging comminuted and disinfected sewage using an approved system at a distance of more than three nautical miles from the nearest land. Sewage which is not comminuted or disinfected may be discharged at a distance of more than 12 nautical miles from the nearest land when the ship is en route and proceeding at not less than 4 knots, and the rate of discharge of untreated sewage shall be approved by the Administration (see resolution MEPC.157(55))

        The MEPC also adopted the Recommendation on standards for the rate of discharge of untreated sewage from ships (resolution MEPC.157(55)).
        Lots of the garbage just circulates in the Pacific Gyre but the California current brings garbage across the Pacific: http://www.thisisyourbrainonawesome....o-cold-anyway/

        As does the Gulf Stream bring a lot to Europe, especially the west coast of Norway.

        PS> Similar gyres and Garbage Patches exist in all oceans.