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The mission of RanMarine Technology is the design, development and deployment of industrial autonomous surface vessels (ASV’s, drones) to capture as much waste as possible.


"Our innovation is a low-cost high-tech product that cleans urban/ harbour/delta waters: the WasteSharkTM-system. It is the world’s first autonomous drone-system designed to remove unwanted material. It consists of two components:
- WasteSharks: a (swarm of) drone(s)
- SharkPod: a launch/remove/waste unloading docking station/installation

Our vision is to put a WasteShark-system in a specific waste-rich area (close to trash chokeholds that are found consistently) where a holistically networked swarm of WasteSharks finds and collects the waste and then delivers its ""catch"" to the SharkPod. When deployed, the WasteSharks match learned and known conditions and head directly to where the largest concentration of debris is, given the information gathered on prior missions.
The swarm capability will increase efficiency of our drones, by 50% for a small swarm and 120% for the swarm of 10 drones. This allows existing and potential customers to become more efficient in collecting waste, whether plastics and other non-biodegradables (solid waste), oils and chemicals (liquid waste), pest plants (harmful biomass) or a combination of those.
Used widely in the markets we will be focusing on, the WasteShark results in a 12 - 32% worldwide decrease of plastic debris (estimated between 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons) that reaches open waters and causes not recoverable damage to our oceans."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots/drones

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-2b - SME Instrument (grant only and blended finance)


Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 588 895