Everything you need to know about RanMarine and more.
MISSION: To develop technologies for aquatic ecosystems that effectively clears pollution, bio-waste, and debris from waterways. We leverage data to monitor and proactively improve water quality.
RanMarine uses autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to fulfil the company mission. These vessels, also known as drones, navigate polluted areas, collect floating debris, monitor water quality, analyse data, and facilitate collaborative pollution management. This technology aids in controlling pollution and protecting aquatic ecosystems
RanMarine technology can operate in various aquatic environments, both sea and fresh water, including harbours, ports, canals, rivers, lakes, and other calmer water bodies.
RanMarine serves various sectors, including smart cities, municipalities and governmental agencies, the broader aquatic infrastructure areas including ports, harbours, marinas and waterways. On the recreational side it supports nature and tourism sectors, plus housing and golf estates. And finally, it supports scientific, research and NGOs and volunteer agencies.
RanMarine stands out from traditional methods of cleaning up aquatic pollution due to its automated, scalable, versatile, data-driven, and collaborative approach. Utilising autonomous surface vessels (ASVs), RanMarine operates without constant human intervention, can cover larger areas, adapt to different environments, collect data for informed decision-making, and promote collaboration with stakeholders.
RanMarine offers key advantages for aquatic pollution clean-up, primarily in terms of efficiency and cost savings. Through automation, scalability, versatility, and data-driven operations, RanMarine efficiently tackles larger areas, operates in diverse environments and weather conditions, and provides data-informed analysis for effective decision-making.
RanMarine autonomous surface vessels have built-in advanced monitoring and data collection capabilities (*model and client specification dependant). Equipped with sensors, cameras, and data loggers, ASVs can collect real-time data on water quality parameters, debris levels, and environmental conditions including GPS positioning. This information is sent to the RanMarine Connect platform for analysis, enabling insights into pollution trends, hotspot identification, and informed decision-making.
RanMarine is currently engaged in research and development of the OilShark to utilise their autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) for small scale oil spill clean-up. These ASVs are furnished with specialised oil spill clean-up equipment, including oil skimmers and absorbent materials, to efficiently collect and contain oil spills on the water surface, effectively reducing their environmental impact. Commercialisation expected 2024.
No, animals and birdlife in the water typically perceive the ASVs as any other vessel on the surface and naturally swim away. The speed of the vessels allows animals to easily out-swim the drones, except for micro-organisms attached to waste. Overall, the drones do not possess any elements that can trap, harm, or disable animals, and there have been no reported injuries or deaths in the first seven years of operation.
The RanMarine autonomous surface vessels are designed to be harmonious with the environment, emitting zero carbon emissions and operating quietly. They can be charged through renewable energy sources, leaving no oil slicks or toxic fumes and ensuring the safety of wildlife in the water. These vessels provide a sustainable way to address global concerns about plastic waste and carbon emissions
RanMarine contributes to the conservation of aquatic ecosystems by supplying their clients with technology that actively cleans up debris and monitors water quality, thereby reducing pollution and promoting a healthier environment for aquatic life.
Yes, RanMarine now has offices in the USA, the UK and South Africa to complement its Dutch base. It continues to grow its distributor partner network around the world, and is collaborating with various companies and research agencies to deploy suitable technology and science that enhances their pollution control efforts and extend their impact on a global scale.
With its growing international footprint, RanMarine has deployed over 70 WasteSharks across different regions, including the Nordics, Singapore and India, the UK, USA, Australia, South Korea and South Africa. Clients range from volunteer NGOs to theme parks to international organisations, all committed to addressing the environmental impact of water quality and pollution.
RanMarine has a continuous focus on developing and improving their product line-up. They recently launched the versatile TenderShark in the first quarter of 2023, which serves as a small cargo transportation vessel. This model can also be utilised in disaster areas for efficient and safe transportation to hard-to-reach locations. In the fourth quarter of 2023, they plan to release the MegaShark, a solution designed to handle larger volumes of waste. Additionally, in 2024, they aim to finalise the development of the SharkPod, an autonomous floating docking station for waste-clearing drones, and the OilShark for small scale oil spill clean-up. RanMarine are also refining various accessories and deployment solutions to complement their product offerings.
The industry is still in its early stages, with increasing focus on removing biomass and plastic waste before it reaches the ocean ecosystem. While waste removal is important, it should be part of a circular economy that includes legislative changes, recycling options, and waste processing collection points for effective and sustainable management.