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Dordrecht will experiment with an aquadrone with the cleaning of ditches and canals in the city. The so-called WasteShark will be used to collect (plastic) waste and duckweed. The trial is a joint initiative of the Dutch Delta waterboard, developer RanMarine Technology, contractor Krinkels, Cirkellab and the municipality of Dordrecht.
The remote-controlled aquadrone owes its name to the ‘whale shark’. With the aquadrone, all floating waste and duckweed is collected, even in places that are difficult to access. The WasteShark has sensors with which the water depth, the water temperature and the oxygen level in the water can be measured. RanMarine has already gained experience with the aquadrone in the Rotterdam port area. However, the WasteShark has never been used in urban areas. Dordrecht therefore has an exclusive. The test starts on April 9 and will last for three months. The WasteShark will go into action in the Spuihaven, originally a medieval canal that was used as a separation between the ‘city’ and the farmlands.
Dordrecht has entered a partnership with the waterboard, RanMarine, Krinkels and Cirkellab due its interest in innovative ideas to make the city smarter and future-proof. The city is making the trial with the WasteShark possible through the budget of Smart City Dordrecht. Dordrecht also sees this experiment as an opportunity to assess if cost savings are achievable. Currently, two people are working half a day per week on picking up the waste from the Spuihaven. This produces each time three bags of plastic. If the test succeeds, the contractor carrying out the work (Krinkels) will purchase the aquadrone.
The municipality also wants to use the trial to make people aware of the waste that is floating in the Spuihaven. The use of the WasteShark will improve the water quality which will contribute to a clean and attractive environment. The residents of Dordrecht can also contribute to this by not throwing waste in the water (and on the street). There are thoughts about making a piece of art from the waste that the WasteShark will collect during the test. Ex-alderman Rinette Reynvaan (City management) will give the official go-ahead for the trial, together with the partners, on Monday 9 April.
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