The onboard recycling workshop during the Transatlantic crossing

After six stopovers on the North and West shores of the African continent, the Plastic Odyssey vessel is ready to sail towards America! A 10-day transatlantic journey at the mercy of the winds, currents, and waves. A unique experience for the expedition members, with a crossing of the equator, the whole team is getting ready for the next adventure in the Southern Hemisphere.

A 10-day transatlantic crossing to prepare the recycling machines

While sailing, the technical team takes the time to perform maintenance and optimizations on the recycling machines. Replacing the blades of the shredder, testing the extruder, and calibrating the agglomerator, a complete revision of the onboard workshop is carried out before the next stop in Recife, Brazil.

The plastic profiles obtained after extrusion have also allowed for innovation in the catalog of finished products. A new design of deck chair was developed by Simon, with a seat made of recovered fishing net and a structure made of profiles… That’s how to combine usefulness with pleasure!

And when the sea becomes rough, the waves grow, and the boat rocks more, is it still possible to work? Yes, but it is necessary to be even more vigilant, as falls and equipment failures can happen quickly… The ship’s captain alerts the expedition members when the weather turns bad, and a safety procedure for the workshop, called ‘saisissage’ is carried out. These are also agility skills that everyone develops gradually during these experiences. You must know when to gauge and identify when manual work becomes too dangerous.

Fortunately, the conditions were quite mild for Plastic Odyssey’s first transatlantic crossing. The onboard recycling workshop is ready for the week-long training of Brazilian entrepreneurs, and to produce more diverse finished products.

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