Microplastics and other contaminants

Technical tracking sheet on the concentration of microplastics and other contaminants BWR 2014-2015, Project IMOCA 60 One Planet, One Ocean - Pharmaton

Microfilter system installed on the One Planet, One Ocean – Pharmaton
Departure of the vessel:  31 December 2014

Data and units 

Microplastics and other contaminants 


Automated collection of geolocalized, marine water surface samples, using a system of microfilters, throughout the course of the BWR regatta. This is done using a prototype equipped with a system of 100 packs, with particle filters of 500 microns, 50 microns, 5 microns, and .45 microns, with a filing system and online transmission of data, as well as geolocalization of the samples. The crew is in charge of changing the packs every 10 days according to a preset schedule. These samples will be analyzed and characterized in specialized laboratories once the vessel arrives in Barcelona.


Prototype with microfilter system, designed and built specifically for the purpose of taking samples during the course of the BWR. 

Data Utility 

Microplastics are particles that have an extremely negative effect on the biological cycles of many species when ingested, and special detectors are required to locate them. It is a unique and innovative project in that it will allow the collection of relevant data along the race course, especially in the various zones of the route where little to no information has yet been compiled.

Samples and progress of sampling 

Progress of the route http://barcelonaworldrace.org.

Data and results  

Raw data will be available prior to analysis, and characterization of the samples will be carried out at the laboratoy once the vessel has arrived in Barcelona

Data Analysis

Available once the report from the laboratory has been received 

Scientific Management

Scientific Management: Grup Enginyeria Material GEMAT of the Institut Químic de Sarrià IQS, Universitat Ramón Llull. Scientific Collaboration: ICM/CSIC. Technology Collaborators: Sailing Technologies R+D Group and Tecnotalasa.       

Additional information

Poster describing the project

Press on the project