Simrad Yachting has outfitted the bridge of the Plastic Odyssey research vessel, supporting their expedition around the globe to tackle the issue of plastic pollution in our planet’s oceans.

The partnership was delayed by Covid so Plastic Odyssey shifted departure festivities to late September 2022 with the circumnavigation scheduled for three years.

Plastic Odyssey’s goal is to address plastic pollution on a global scale by traveling to low and middle-income countries – where coastal cities have amassed massive quantities of plastic – in hopes of turning these areas into local micro-factories as the main raw material for the transformation of plastic waste into building materials and fuel, thanks to low-tech and easily transferable technologies. Plastic Odyssey also plans to work towards a plastic-free future through the development of various awareness-raising, educational and social sciences research programs.

Official departure will be from Marseille’s Vieux Port on 1 October. Along with providing Plastic Odyssey with the latest Simrad® electronics and navigation technology, Simrad® technical experts have been on hand to train Plastic Odyssey researchers and captains. Featured Simrad products on the bridge include R5024 12U/6X CAT 2 Radar, Simrad P3007 GPS system and S3009 Navigation Echosounder