Our friends at The Ocean Cleanup are taking on the heroic task of cleaning the plastic out of our oceans. After 273 scale model tests, six at-sea prototypes, a comprehensive mapping of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and several technological iterations, they are ready to put the world’s first ocean cleanup system to the test.

On Saturday, Sept. 8, The Ocean Cleanup take a critical step in this quest with the launch of System 001 from San Francisco Bay. System 001 is a 600m long, bow-shaped technology that will utilize wind, waves and current to begin sweeping the ocean surface and capturing loads of plastics. It will be towed more than 1000 nautical miles offshore to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The GoPro Family is grateful for the entrepreneurial spirit and bravery of founder Boyan Slat and this remarkable team for fully sending it into this seemingly daunting task. We salute you, The Ocean Cleanup, and are cheering for your success.

To the GoPro community—please join us in celebrating this milestone and thanking these inventive human beings for thinking and acting big. A mission that, if successful, will have a massively positive impact on our planet.

How to participate/watch? The best way to stay in-tune with The Ocean Cleanup’s progress is to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, where you’ll find up-to-date info on their progress and live coverage of the launch—which will happen on Facebook and YouTube. We will also be embedding their live stream feed here on The Inside Line starting at 11:30 a.m. PT, where there will be a countdown until the stream officially starts at 12:00 p.m. 

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, come cheer on the effort in-person (details below).

Sept. 8 Agenda:

  • 10:30 a.m. - The Maersk Launcher will start her engines and begin the tow
  • 12:00 p.m. - SYSTEM 001 will approach the Bay Bridge; LIVE STREAM begins
  • 12:25 p.m. - The system will near Treasure Island
  • 1:00 p.m. - The system will towed around Alcatraz Island
  • 2:00 p.m. - The system will approach the Golden Gate Bridge with the SFFD fire brigade making a water salute to wish the system good luck
  • 2:15 p.m. - The tow will clear the Golden Gate Bridge and head southwest towards the Pacific Trials location, approximately 250 nautical miles offshore. After two weeks of operational testing, the Maersk Launcher and System 001 will continue their journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an additional 1000 nautical miles away

Viewing points on Saturday, September 8:

If you can get on a boat, get out there and watch from the bay! For the terrestrial folks like us, here’re some good options for watching this historic moment:

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

  • Pier 1 (Port of San Francisco)
  • Pier 7 San Francisco
  • Pier 14 (Exploratorium)
  • Treasure Island

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:

  • Treasure Island
  • Alcatraz Island

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Fort Point
  • Crissy Field
  • Marin Headlands

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.:

  • Lands End
  • Point Bonita/Marin Headlands