Nov 1, 2018

Okeanos Messenger en route to Marshall Islands… sailing through a belt of plastic waste

After sailing over 3,000 miles from Auckland to Vanuatu & Kiribati, the crew of Okeanos Messenger arrived in Majuro/Marshall Islands where it was greeted by the crew of Okeanos Marshall Islands.

Our international Okeanos Messenger crew, representing Fiji, Tahiti, Yap and Pohnpei during their stay in Kiribati where they have helped  local fishermen with their daily catches and helped Okeanos to learn how it can support local fishery

In a recent report Captain Angelo Adonai shared his impressions from the last part of the trip to Majuro which, despite the nice overall sailing conditions and good atmosphere on board, was saddened by the experience the crew had to make when sailing through a massive belt of plastic garbage in the ocean:

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DATE: 01.11.2018

TIME: 0600 HRS

POSITION: N05’11.8 E 171’44.2 ¬†10NM TO THE WEST OF MILI ATOLL, MARSHALL IS.

COG: 335TT

SOG: 4.6 KNT

SAILS: FULL MAIN AND GENOA.

ENGINES: NIL HRS

DISTANCE: 56NM SINCE 18000HRS

WEATHER: EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS OVERNIGHT, TENDING MORE NE 10-15KTS CALM SEAS

COMMENTS: HAD A GOOD SAIL THROUGH THE NIGHT. STEADY 10-12KTS OF WIND FROM THE EAST THAN NORTHEAST. NICE SAILING CONDITIONS WITH FLAT SEAS A FULL GENOA AND GOOD COMPANY ON A VAKA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NORTH PACIFIC. YESTERDAY WE SAILED BY ALOT OF RUBBISH, PLASTIC TO BE EXACT. FOR A GOOD 2-3HRS WE SAW EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGE THATS MADE OF PLASTICS, A GOOD 15NM OF IT. MOSTLY HOUSEHOLD PLASTIC, FROM BABY BOTTLES TO JANDALS, BASKETS, BOTTLE TOPS, BOTTLES, HAIR CLIPS AND LIST GOES ON. ALLS GOOD ONBOARD. REGARDS FROM US ALL.

KOMOL TATA

ANGELO