Waste Shark: The garbage-eating Aquatic drone

Waste Shark: The garbage-eating Aquatic drone

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Waste Shark - courtesy RanMarine

Imagine having all our oceans and harbors without any garbage. Beautiful right?, yes – we imagine so too.

Waste Shark aims to achieve just that. A trash-eating drone developed by RanMarine and first displayed at the 40th edition of the World Port Day in early September of this year.

According to Port Technology, the device, which is the size of a passenger car, has an ‘open mouth’ that is located at 35 centimetres below the water surface used to remove up to 500 kilograms of waste from the water and have the waste processed.

Four waste sharks have been deployed by the Port authority of Rotterdam to “gobble up” all litter in the port’s dock. So if you happen to be in Rotterdam, look out for the Waste Shark.

The Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and perhaps the most technologically advanced is also debuting the AqausmartXL. A small, autonomous boat, equipped with a camera to make efficient surveillance and inspection from the water surface.

AquasmartXL – courtesy RanMarine

Both new innovations are clear expressions of the Rotterdam port authority’s commitment  to port innovation.

Allard Castelein, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Rotterdam Authority said

Innovation cannot be forced. However, you can create an environment in which innovation is likely to take place and be in line with the market.

The port also scouts for start-ups with port relevant technologies. They do this worldwide through PortXL considered the first accelerator that focuses on port start-ups on a global level.

If you think you have an innovative port related idea, visit Innovation Quarter to share it with the good people there. Don’t forget to share your success story with us.

We only hope that these drones will eventually find their way to Africa for our waters when the test succeeds.


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