WasteShark will help clear the ocean of debris
Unfortunately, modern seas and oceans are full of plastic waste. A lot of packages, bottles and other garbage are daily nailed to the shores, creating an unsightly picture. The decision was found by an entrepreneur from South Africa Richard Hardiman, who created a self-contained garbage collection device in seaports.
The invention has been called the “Waste Shark” (WasteShark). Created by the Dutch company RanMarine, owned by Hardiman, this marine drones looks like a small catamaran with a hole-bucket for collecting rubbish between the pontoons. The source of energy for it is an electric battery. Moving along the waters of the harbor, WasteShark collects waste from the surface and sends it to the internal drive, where they can be removed at the end of the work.
In the future, it is planned to use a drone to collect data on water quality, depths and weather conditions, and to transfer them to the dispatching point of the port in real time. Information on tides, currents and weather can be used in the future by the device itself: intelligent software will allow it to independently choose a route to improve its efficiency.
The Hardiman project was included in the Dutch program of technological development of ports, therefore two prototypes of WasteShark have already been tested in the sea harbor of Rotterdam. Within the framework of the launched pilot project, the port will receive four more autonomous garbage collectors within a few months.
In the future, Richard Hardiman plans to create an enlarged version of the UAV equipped with solar panels. Called “Great WasteShark”, the new device will be able to collect up to 500 kg of garbage in one go. Thanks to the use of sensors and a video camera, he will avoid collisions with ships in the harbor, and for greater safety the Great WasteShark’s working area will be limited to the least lively sections of the port.