This is the 4Ocean Mobile Skimmer, a robust trash-collecting vessel that skims the waterways to gather and removes plastic and other debris. This super-effective skimmer measures slightly over 22 feet long and is built with huge retractable arms that give the vessel a wingspan of almost 13 feet.
Its game-changing retractable arms funnel plastic and other debris under the front of the skimmer. Then the trash is picked up by a conveyor belt that sends it up the track and into a large “super sack,” which is often filled with fragments of plastic lighters, toothbrushes, water bottles, pens, baby bottles, cell phones, and plastic bags.
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When the “super sack” is full, the crew removes it off of the crane that’s attached to the deck of the skimmer. Then the sack is simply replaced with a new one and the cleaning process resumes. The 4Ocean Mobile Skimmer is manned by a small crew in Southeast Florida, yet its clean-up is substantial.