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RanMarine Technology shows first electric harvesting vessel to fight waterway pollution

Dutch scale-up RanMarine Technology says that debris intentionally or accidentally ends up in the world’s lakes, waterways, and other marine environments every day. There is no body of water that does not experience this problem, according to the company, with the unsightly debris being a threat to marine life, navigational safety, and human health. That’s why it developed products like the MegaShark, an electrically driven vessel shown at CES 2023 and designed to remove trash from waters and return it to shore before it can do damage.

Adding more detail to the growing problem, the company says that every year, 11 million metric tons of toxic plastic leak into oceans on top of the estimated 200 million metric tons that are already in the broader marine environments. The UN Environmental Program predicts that the former number will triple to about 35 million tons per year by 2040. With marine debris being one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world’s oceans and waterways, according to the Marine Debris Program, new solutions are being sought globally to radically reduce the harmful effects of waste.

In response, RanMarine Technology created WasteShark, the world’s first commercially available marine drone that collects both waste and data from the world’s waterways. The brainchild of RanMarine founder and CEO Richard Hardiman, the WasteShark USV (unmanned surface vessel) has been designed to scoop harmful plastic waste from waterways, canals, rivers, and ports and return it to shore before it can do damage.

The company’s line of industrial remote controlled and autonomous “sharks” help government bodies and companies concerned with the economic, regulatory, and aesthetic impact of polluted water efficiently removes surface trash and biomass while preventing imbalances in their marine environments. Its multipurpose drones incorporating advanced AI are inspired by nature and restore waterways back to their natural state with zero emissions, limited noise, and a fraction of the investment compared to other methods.

“We have an epic battle on our hands,” said Hardiman, “Current technologies are simply not working, we need a modern approach to a modern problem, and for me, robots and autonomous drones were an easy and simple answer. Of course, it’s critical to create policies and strategies to stop plastic waste from entering our waterways as a primary strategy. Our WasteShark offers a pragmatic solution for cleaning up the existing mess that is perpetuated on a daily basis and effectively preventing waste from reaching the open ocean.”

The new and larger MegaShark highlighted at CES harvests waste from waterways using powerful suction jets to increase waste capture in difficult-to-reach chokeholds. An onboard trash compaction system makes it possible to collect larger amounts of waste per day. A MegaShark operator can manage the drone by standing or sitting on the vessel or operating it remotely. In addition to waste harvesting, the drone collects critical water quality data that can be immediately transmitted to a portal and available for reporting and analysis.

The drone has 8 h of electric running time thanks to advanced battery technology. A shallow draft gives the vessel less drag to improve efficiency and battery life.

Plans call for MegaShark to be part of a bigger RanMarine vehicle ecosystem.

The company will introduce the TenderShark, a versatile “mini” tender designed to carry light cargo loads efficiently and effectively from ship to shore, and vice-versa. It is engineered to transport loads in an environmental manner with an option to simultaneously collect floating waste, allowing all marine vessel operators to assist in cleanup.

Another “world first” from RanMarine is an autonomous floating docking station for waste-clearing drones. The SharkPod mothership can deploy, dock, and charge up to 5 WasteShark drones at any time. This latest tool in pollution-fighting technology can enable ports, harbors, and cities to operate a 24-h autonomous solution to remove floating water waste. It will be available for purchase in early 2023.

RanMarine’s customers are worldwide and made up of civic and commercial entities including the Port of Houston, Disney theme parks, Universal, and the United Nations.

The company is exhibiting at CES 2023 in Booth 55332.

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CES 2023: MegaShark takes a bite out of marine trash

MegaShark gobbles up toxic plastic and marine litter.

Sharks are known for having stomachs of steel. The newest product from Dutch scale-up  RanMarine Technology is no exception.

One could describe the MegaShark as a robot vacuum for bodies of water. It’s a remotely piloted vessel that sits atop the water and scoots along with a wide-open mouth, sucking up debris and carting it back to shore.

The MegaShark hopes to tackle the ever-growing problem of polluted waterways, a particular concern here in Florida.

According to RanMarine Technology, there’s currently 200 million metric tons (approximately 220 U.S. tons) of toxic plastic in marine environments and another 11 million metric tons (or 12 U.S. tons) are added to the pile every year. The UN Environmental Program predicts the amount of new waste entering waterways will triple by 2040.

The MegaShark has an interesting digestive system too. According to RanMarine Technology, a startup of CleanTech Robotics, the seaworthy drone has an onboard trash compactor which allows it to scoop up as much waste as possible every time it hits the water.

The company said the device can be piloted remotely but is also hardy enough for users to sit or stand on it as it makes its rounds. The onboard battery will keep the MegaShark moving for about eight hours.

A bonus feature: The MegaShark packs all the necessary instruments for water quality analysis.

RanMarine plans to introduce two other “species” to its shark lineup.

The TenderShark is tailored to the boating community. The mini tender is able to carry light cargo loads efficiently and effectively from ship to shore, and vice versa. Users have the option to collect floating waste as the TenderShark makes its cargo runs.

Meanwhile, the SharkPod is what RanMarine describes as a “mothership” — it’s an autonomous floating docking station which can charge up to five WasteShark drones at a time. RanMarine said the solution will allow ports, harbors and cities to keep their drones chugging around the clock. The SharkPod will be available to purchase in early 2023.

Currently, RanMarine’s drones are sucking up garbage for the Port of Houston, Disney theme parks, Universal and the United Nations in addition to several other local and state authorities worldwide.

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MegaShark, the trash collection catamaran, to Debut at CES 2023

Each day debris intentionally or accidentally ends up in our lakes, waterways and marine environments.

There is no body of water that does not experience this problem. This unsightly debris is a threat to our marine life, navigational safety, and to human health.   That’s why the Dutch scale-up RanMarine Technology is showing the MegaShark at CES 2023, an electrically driven vessel designed to remove trash from waters and return it to shore before it can do damage.

Every year, 11 million metric tons of toxic plastic leak into our oceans on top of the estimated 200 million metric tons that are already in our marine environments . The UN Environmental Program predicts that this number will triple to about 35 million tons per year by 2040. RanMarine Technology, a startup of CleanTech Robotics, has come up with a solution to eradicate this pollution. The company has invented multiple floating drones to clear waterways, canals, rivers and ports of plastic before it leaks into the ocean.  In addition, the company is introducing a drone which can transport light cargo together with collecting floating trash and biomass.

MEGASHARK FEATURES

The MegaShark is designed to harvest waste from our waterways using powerful suction jets to increase waste capture in difficult to reach chokeholds. Armed with  an onboard trash compaction system, it’s  possible to collect larger amounts of waste per day. With a shallow draft, the vessel emits less drag which improves efficiency and battery life.  The MegaShark is easy to operate: an operator is able to  manage the drone comfortably by standing or sitting on the vessel itself, or operating remotely on the side-lines.  Additionally, the drone has 8 hours running time (electric) and uses advanced battery technology – ensuring emission-free operation on the water, and not polluting the environment any further..

With marine debris being one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world’s ocean and waterways today, according to the Marine Debris Program, new solutions are being sought globally to radically reduce the harmful effects of waste. The MegaShark is one solution at the forefront of the marine debris fight.

WATER QUALITY ANALYSIS

RanMarine Technology’s drones are designed to harvest plastic and biomass waste from urban waterways in smart cities, ports and harbours. In addition to waste harvesting,  the drone also collects critical water quality data, which is immediately transmitted to the portal and available for reporting and analysis, ensuring our waters are safe for everyone.

TENDERSHARK

RanMarine will also introduce the TenderShark, which is designed to service the boating community. This versatile “mini” tender is designed to carry light cargo loads efficiently and effectively from ship to shore, and vice-versa. Together with transporting loads in an environmental manner you have the option for simultaneously collecting floating waste, allowing all marine vessel operators / owners to assist in the fight against plastic.

SHARKPOD MOTHERSHIP

The world’s first autonomous floating docking station for waste-clearing drones, RanMarine’s  SharkPod, has the ability to deploy, dock and charge up to 5 WasteShark drones at any time. This is our  latest tool in pollution-fighting technology that will enable ports, harbours and cities to operate a 24-hour autonomous solution to remove floating waste from the water. The SharkPod will be available to purchase in early 2023.

NEW APPROACH TO CURRENT PROBLEMS

The brainchild of RanMarine founder and CEO Richard Hardiman, the WasteShark USV (Unmanned Surface Vessel) has been designed to scoop harmful plastic waste from waterways, canals, rivers and Ports and return it to shore before it can do damage. “We have an epic battle on our hands’, says Hardiman, “current technologies are simply not working, we need a modern approach to a modern problem, and for me robots and autonomous drones were an easy and simple answer. Of course it’s critical to create policies and strategies to stop plastic waste from entering our waterways as a primary strategy. Our WasteShark’s offer a pragmatic solution for cleaning up the existing mess that is perpetuated on a daily basis, and effectively prevent waste from reaching the open ocean.”

EXISTING CUSTOMERS

RanMarine’s robotic products are designed to remove plastic waste and biomass such as algae from waterways; their clients span worldwide and are made up of civic and commercial entities including the Port of Houston, Disney theme parks, Universal, the United Nations and local and state authorities worldwide.

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