Kaisei 2009

Project Kaisei consists of a team of innovators, ocean lovers, sailors, scientists, sports enthusiasts and environmentalists who have come together with a common purpose. To study how to capture plastic waste in the ocean and how to capture, detoxify and recycle it into diesel fuel. This first research Mission, scheduled for the summer of 2009, will be critical to understanding the logistics that will be needed to make a successful clean-up operation possible as some of the technology required for such a feat has never been utilised under oceanic conditions.

Project Kaisei will examine the largest area of the Plastic Vortex, an ocean vortex, situated to the North East of Hawaii, and approximately five days by boat from either San Francisco or Hawaii. The Mission will start in early August, 2009, aboard the Kaisei and also the New Horizon from Scripps Institution.

For more information please visit our website


5 responses

31 07 2009
Project Kaisei

We are all getting ready to get to sea. Tons to do, but we are getting there. Thanks for everyone’s support, which has been amazing, and is only just starting as we are starting to get press and more people are learning about this issue, and what we are doing.

The “New Horizon” leaves on August 2nd from San Diego which is a Scripps Institution reseach vessel, doing work in alliance with Project Kaisei for a new Ocean Recovery Alliance that we have put together with Scripps. The Kaisei leaves on August 4th under the Golden Gate about 12 noon. Watch for it if you are around. The sails might not be up, as it is “into the wind” when you go out the gate, but the sails will be up in full force when it returns about a month later, probably September 1st.

Watch our site for tracking of our trip and a lot of interesting information that you can share with your friends (bandwidth dependent at sea!).


4 08 2009
B Edwards

An incredible cause. I can’t believe this tangible impact has not been addressed already. I’ve changed my practices since learning of this mess and would urge everyone to do so. All the best to all involved in this project.

5 08 2009
Morelli, Cesar Augusto

Good people!
Your project is very, very, very important. I did’t know about the Plastic Vortex until now, I intend to observer the search and disclose it for my friend’s and anothers communities.
Good look for all and good search.
Morelli, Cesar Augusto

5 08 2009
Ben Taylor

Good luck with fair winds and calm seas. I sailed around the world in 2006-2008 and was amazed and shocked at the amount of plastic floating in the oceans, especially the Atlantic and the mid Pacific. Hopefully your expedition will highlight this situation and raise public awareness.

30 08 2009
Christel Chesney

Thank you for doing a fantastic job. I live on the central coast of California. When I walk the beach I cannot believe the amount of plastic I see and pick up. I always bring a full garbage bag home. And when I see a sea lion, harbor seal and even an elephant seal with plastic cords or cables wrapped around their neck; it is so distressing. It appalls me to no end how we humans continue to wreck havoc on our environment. Great article in People Magazine this week. It is what prompted me to your web site.

Christel Chesney
Cayucos, Ca

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