How does it work?
We have two options for deployment. Autonomous (defined waypoint path) or Manual (remote control by operator with handheld control unit). Communications are handled via 4G links (SIM and data supplied on purchase) to facilitate a quick and easy setup for our users.
How do I get it in and out of the water?
The WasteShark™ is designed to be simple and easy to use. Depending on the water you are entering, the WasteShark™ can be carried (boat slipways and graduating grass banks), lifted by small cranes or by using RanMarine’s SharkSlider. The SharkSlider is purpose built to be able to launch the WasteShark™ from high quaysides up to 6 meters (20ft) or points of entry where launching requires more specialized but mobile equipment.
How quickly can it turn? Can it move between boats?
The WasteShark™ can turn “on the spot” on its own axis. Depending on configurations of quaysides and mooring the vessel can fit between boats. Dimensions of the WasteShark™ are L1570mmxW1090mmxH520mm with a draft of 200mm (5ft x 3,5ft x 1,7ft – Draft 7,8inches)
How fast can it go?
Cruising speed is 3km per hour or 1.6 knots (1.86 mph). This will naturally drop as debris is collected and the drone picks up payload weight
Where is it most effective?
The WasteShark™ is designed for inland waters – ports, harbors, canals, marinas, residential developments, lakes, reservoirs, slow moving rivers. It is most effective in calm waters but easily operates in conditions with wind and small to medium bow waves.
How far can it go?
Manual: We recommend the operator always be in line of sight of the vessel. The mode does allow for up to a kilometer (and more) of control but at this point there is no visual control for the operator and would comprise safety.
Autonomous: There is no limit to range apart from battery power, however within RanMarine’s customer portal limits and guided paths are set to make sure that the WasteShark™ only operates in designated and safe areas.
How does the WasteShark communicate with / connect to its human operator?
Manual: RC frequency is used between the operators handheld control unit.
Autonomous: GPS routes chosen and set by the operator in the customer portal are sent to the WasteShark™ via 4G data communication. These routes can be interchanged via the portal and the WasteSharks™ progress monitored in real time.
What if my WasteShark is faulty when I unpack it? What if it breaks down at work?
The WasteShark is built using maritime- grade materials, and we have a rigorous quality control process built into our production system. We are absolutely committed to delivering the best possible product to customers so, if you detect a problem, contact us without hesitation and we’ll work closely with you to identify and resolve the problem. We also commit to help in the upkeep and maintenance of our drones, as set out in our terms and conditions of purchase.
How many WasteShark drones do I need?
This depends primarily on the surface area of water being waste-managed, the length of shoreline, and the expected volume of waste for collection. Other factors to consider include prevailing water currents, how/when/where the waste typically reaches the water, whether there is a peculiar or unique aspect to the shoreline, economic exigency (e.g. the cost of lost port hours) and the likelihood and impact of waste surges (e.g.from storm water flooding). We are happy to work with you to compute your particular needs.
Do I need any special training to operate it?
The WasteShark is designed to be simple to deploy and simple to use. Full training on both manual and autonomous model WasteSharks™ is given on purchase and all customers are supplied with related material to the WasteSharks™ operation.
What data does it collect?
When fitted for data capture the WasteShark and DataShark focus on water quality health data. Some examples of what our clients measure are oxygen, nitrogen, turbidity, and temperature, along with PH levels and nutrient levels. We have a complete suite of Eureka Sensors that can be fitted to our platforms.