Australian first keeps waterways clean
A new species of shark is lurking in the waters near Cockle Bay Wharf, feasting on a diet of plastics, metal and floating debris.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes today introduced the WasteShark to Australian waters for the first time, a 1.5 metre aquadrone that will clean litter from the sea.
“Everyone wants a safe and sparkling harbour and I’m delighted to welcome the latest weapon in the war on waste,” Mr Stokes said.
“The WasteShark can devour up to 160 kgs in one sitting – including plastics, vegetation, floating debris, chemicals, marine fuels and oils that shouldn’t be in our waterways.
“Along with cleaning our waters, the WasteShark will collect and store valuable data on water quality.
“This is an environmentally-friendly solution to cleaning our waterways, powered by battery and emitting zero emissions.”
Placemaking NSW Chief Executive Anita Mitchell said the WasteShark was developed in the Netherlands and would begin devouring prey from this week.
“Swimming through enclosed waters autonomously or under remote control, it can remove rubbish while scanning and monitoring the health of the marine environment, sending data on water conditions back to a central command via the cloud,” Ms Mitchell said.
“It gathers air and water quality data, filters chemicals such as oil, arsenic, and heavy metals and scans the seabed to read its depth and contours.
“We’re excited to see the WasteShark set sail as an innovative, safe and efficient way to continue to keep Cockle Bay clean.”
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Drones for Trash Clean Up in Waterways Could Save the Oceans
A project using drones for trash clean up in Denmark could show the way to saving the oceans from an environmental disaster caused by the massive volume of plastic that pollutes them. (Part two of a two-part series on the use of drone-captured images and machine-learning software in the cause of cleaning up the environment.)
Project combines use of flying, floating drones for trash ID and collection, to clean up Danish waterways
Denmark has launched a unique experimental project, combining both unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned watercraft to combat oil slicks and floating trash in the nation’s waters.
How this autonomous water-robot is turning the heads around by cleaning water-bodies efficiently!
The prevalence of autonomous water-robots is no secret nowadays, but the problem of water pollution still remains unaddressed. It all comes down to the integration of technology, efficiency and sustainability of such products to deal with a holistic problem in a comprehensive way. This is where WasteShark, one of its kind water-robot, is turning the heads around with its efficient and credible make-up.
Developed by RanMarine, WasteShark comes with excellent features and capabilities. The water-robot can clear up to 500 kgs of debris each day, backed by a swim time of around 10 hours. WasteShark is a unique product that floats across the water surface with its mouth wide open, collecting trash to make the water body pollution-free. The best thing about this water-robot is that it doesn’t harm the marine life as the shark-like vehicle gently motors along the oceans, lakes and ponds.
RanMarine is known for designing industrial autonomous surface vessels for ports, harbors and other marine and water environments. However, WasteShark has emerged as the company’s best product as it has been deployed across various countries, offering result-oriented solutions. On the back of such innovative products, the company has also attracted funding from Boundary Holding, a Rajat Khare-led global investment firm.
Water pollution has been a huge problem, especially with heaps of plastic waste piling up on the surface of the water bodies, causing danger to both marine and human lives. The authorities have been longing for a comprehensive solution to deal with the issue of water pollution. RanMarine’s WasteShark has come up as a complete product for the private and government entities looking for a durable and affordable solution to clean up water bodies in an effective manner.
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WasteShark, the Swimming Drone, Devours Marine Trash
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 5, 2021 (ENS) – The Rotterdam-based startup RanMarine Technology has built a drone that swims rather than flies. The WasteShark traverses waterways to collect litter, biomass, plastics, microplastic and other debris using a basket underneath the autonomous device. In addition to removing litter, sensors in the drone enable data collection on water conditions: temperature, pH levels, depth, green algae, or oily hydrocarbons.
Modeled on the planet’s largest fish, the whale shark, the WasteShark is the world’s first waste-harvesting autonomous aqua-drone that collects marine waste, biomass, and plastic from all types of water. It can collect up to 500 kilograms of waste a day with a zero carbon footprint.
To date, RanMarine has introduced WasteSharks to help clean up harbors in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, Thailand, Denmark, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia.
The WasteShark uses radar to avoid collisions and GPS and autonomous software to follow pathways while collecting waste and data. The device can travel through waters for up to 10 hours without a recharge.
RanMarine Technology and The Planet Calls, an Irish NGO foundation focused on sustainability and a circular economy, have just announced their new strategic partnership. Combining RanMarine’s award-winning technology for cleaning the world’s waters and The Planets Calls’ mission for a greener and more sustainable planet, it’s a partnership with a vision – clean plastic pollution.
In some form, almost all the plastic ever created still exists today. The amount of plastic produced globally in a year is almost the same as the entire weight of humanity, the two organizations warn. They take seriously the prediction that by 2050, there will be more tonnes of plastic in our oceans than tonnes of fish.
This estimate comes from a report by British sailor and environmentalist Ellen MacArthur introduced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2016. “In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight),” the report read.
There is no doubt that the call to act is urgent.
RanMarine Technology CEO Richard Hardiman says, “As a cleantech company, we are regularly introduced to people and networks who are passionate about the earth, its waters, and the need for urgent restoration. I can honestly say that few embody the same passion and vision or align with our mission so clearly as The Planet Calls. To be partnered with CEO Leslie Maliepaard and her team, to us at RanMarine, is the embodiment of what we are looking to achieve in creating stronger networks and commitments in the fight against plastic pollution.”
In this fight against plastic pollution, RanMarine’s WasteShark drone offers an intelligent tool for cleaning water in parks, lakes, lagoons, marinas, rivers, canals, harbors and smart cities, where the eco-friendly, quiet drone can devour plastic pollution before it spills into the ocean.
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Sir Robert Syms Opposes Plastic Pollution
Today our Poole MP, Sir Robert Syms, performed the first UK launch of a drone called WasteShark that collects floating plastic and other rubbish so that it can be removed and recycled. Robert used the occasion to give an interview for BBC Radio Solent in which he described the importance of keeping out local waters free of plastic pollution, which can endanger wildlife and spoil Poole Harbour unless we remain vigilant.
The WasteShark drone can either be steered by a handheld joystick or run in autonomous mode, either around a set course or within a set perimeter. It runs silently and safely on rechargeable batteries and includes collision avoidance software. It can hold up to a third of a ton of rubbish before it needs to be emptied and it poses no threat to marine life. At the same time, the drone can serve as a platform for a variety of sensors to measure water quality, temperature and so on.
On behalf of RanMarine Technology, Oliver Cunningham (pictured above) introduced Robert to the WasteShark drone and explained its featured and benefits on BBC Radio Solent before Robert launched the drone into Poole Harbour (picture above). The company vision is that the drones can work steadily in coastal waters worldwide, doing their bit to solve the plastic pollution problem, piece by piece.
The vision is that WasteShark drones can work steadily in urban and coastal waters worldwide, doing their bit to solve the plastic pollution problem, and supporting evidence-based management of Smart Cities.
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