Technology at work,
serving the sea

Our Plastic problem

Our planet is facing enormous environmental challenges, one of them is plastic debris in the marine environment. It is widely cited that up to 80% of marine debris originates from land of which it is estimated that 60 to 95% of the waste is plastic debris. The combined Mediterranean coastal areas and territories, alone, contribute in excess of 0,5 Million tons to the coastal waters every year.

Impact on industry

The cost of ocean plastics is especially felt in the shipping and tourist industries. It estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, 33% of seafood containing plastic and 3 billion people relying on this as their main source of protein. The European Union fishing fleet was projected to lose €61.7 million per year as a result of marine waste (Arcadis, 2014). Globally there is a $75 billion annual cost of ocean litter. This directly impacts the fishing industry and the jobs it creates.

Rebuke of travellers

There is a significant impact on the tourism industry. It is estimated to be the driver of €570 million for the Asia-Pacific and €630 million for Europe annually. Waste and plastic pollution can result in a decline in tourism as many popular destinations rely heavily on the lure of pristine beaches, sparklingly clean waters and beach-front hotels. As many tourists have witnessed in recent years, the reality has become a far cry from depictions online and in glossy magazines. Numerous beaches in the Caribbean and Asia are now lined with a tangled mess of plastics, putting many off revisiting these sorry sights. The associated impact to wildlife only adds to the rebuke of travellers.

World’s first autonomous surface vessel designed to remove unwanted material from urban water

WasteShark

Our innovation, the WasteShark, is the world’s first ASV designed to remove unwanted material from urban waters. Our aim is for a WasteShark to be deployed in a specific waste-rich area where it finds, collects the debris and then safely returns to the SharkPod to deliver its “catch”. As the WasteShark “learns” its environment, we aim to increase its efficiency and speed in collecting the waste, and thus trapping or capturing more waste than ever, before it is taken out to sea/ocean via the tide.

Our vision

Our vision for the WasteShark and SharkPod is to have a holistically networked system of 24-hour autonomous surface vessels harvesting both waste and data within a Port, City or Harbour environment, operating unobtrusively and without incident while the ASV’s go about their daily life.

Capturing more waste than ever, before it is taken out to sea

Gallery

previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow
Slider
VIDEOS

Clean, monitor and protect your waterways

Like to know more about our mission? We sell globally. We are here to serve.

Contact us