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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.

Project description

Innovative system for water waste detection and collection

The pollution of urban harbours and delta water represents a major environmental problem. The EU-funded WasteShark project is proposing the low-cost innovative WasteShark™ system, the first autonomous drone system worldwide for water waste removal. The system consists of two components, the WasteSharks and the SharkPod. The WasteSharks is a drone or swarm of drones appositely designed to operate in a waste-rich area, identifying the largest concentration of debris, collecting the waste and delivering it to the SharkPod, which is a waste removal/unloading docking station/installation. The system allows the collection of a wide range of waste such as plastics and non-biodegradables, liquid waste (oils and chemicals) and harmful biomass. The project will place emphasis on plastic debris, which causes unrecoverable damage to the 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