2015 Arctic Cleanup Cruise Expedition

Paying Passengers Needed!

UpGyres is partnering with Oceanwide Expeditions, an exclusive Dutch vessel operator organizing voyages that make it possible for passengers to enjoy the scenery and nature above and underwater in the world’s most unique areas. The regions visited during these wildlife expeditions contain hardly any infrastructure and are almost only reachable by boat.

UpGyres is promoting a seven night Trip to the Arctic from August 28 to September 4, 2015. Supported by the Arctic Expedition Cruise Organization AECO, and the Governor of Svalbard, Cleaning the Shores Polar Bear Special brings the garbage collected during the voyage to the incinerator in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

Oceanwide Expeditions, AECO and UpGyres are studying possibilities to divert the plastic recovered during the expedition from incineration and instead, produce low emissions fuel for use at ports and in vessels in the Arctic.

By getting 10 (ten) of your colleagues, followers, friends and/or associates to become paying passengers on this Polar Bear Special, UpGyres will cover travelling expenses for you (or someone of your choice) from your departure city to Oslo and back, and Oceanwide Expeditions will host you on-board of the m/v Ortelius free of cost.

For more information please visit: https://upgyres.org/arctic/

Here is some basic information about the non-profit organization:

The Upcycle the Gyres Society wants to collect and convert ocean plastic into usable fuel.

deadfishOver the past three years, I’ve written about the plastic debris or plastic gyres, in our world’s oceans.   The latest news is that the gyres are growing larger, making the need to find solutions to clean them up even more critical. The Upcycle the Gyres Society is a new, not-for-profit that plans to upcycle floating ocean plastic debris into diesel, gasoline, and kerosene. The possibility that this venture presents is exciting. The plastic is there, albeit in zillions of fragments throughout our oceans, so there is accessibility. The technology of converting plastic into fuel is proven. Offshore production, storage, and offloading technology is there. And green ships that are powered by the sun, wind, and wave propulsion already exist, which would make this kind of venture economically feasible. Also on the plus side, converting plastic into fuel creates a carbon capture from the recovery operation which leaves the water right where it is – no water demand.


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