03 August 2010
03 August 2010
The Plastiki, a 60ft catamaran made from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and self-reinforced PET (srPET), has reached the end of its epic voyage which has taken them through the Pacific Ocean on an 8,000 nautical mile adventure lasting over 130 days.
The Plastiki is engineered almost entirely from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles that provide 68% of the boat’s buoyancy, with a super structure from srPET. Adventure Ecology was introduced to srPET by NetComposites’ technical development team, who provided a significant amount of initial advice on the materials and manufacturing processes.
The team arrived midday last week at Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour to a crowd of friends, family and supporters.
The Plastiki began her adventure nearly four years ago after taking inspiration from a report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) called ‘Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas’ and Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 expedition, The Kon-Tiki. The Plastiki cabin has been home to 10 members of crew over the 4 month journey; Skipper Jo Royle, Co-Skipper David Thomson, Expedition leader David de Rothschild, Olav Heyerdahl, Graham Hill, Luca Babini, Matthew Grey, Max Jourdan, Singeli Agnew and Vern Moen. All of whom have witnessed the polluted waters of the Pacific, affirming their mission to share their experience with the watching world and most importantly highlight solutions to protect our oceans and beat waste.
The Plastiki will be moored at Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour for a month.