The amount of trash in the Pacific Ocean alone is enough to be an Island. The plastic pollution in the oceans of the world is continually increasing and getting out of hand. However, there is good news! RanMarine Technology, a company in Dutch, has invented a drone that will begin to remove the trash in the oceans little by little. Every time it goes on a trash rescue trip, it will take as much as 200 liters of trash out of the oceans. The drone is shaped like a shark and is called the WasteShark.
No Fins All Bite
The WasteShark has a number of similarities with the Whale Shark. It has a wide and flat mouth that it uses to swallow the trash that it finds in the way, on its trip into the oceans. It is made with the perfect design solutions that allow it produces zero-carbon combust or wastes as it runs, and also preserves its agility. This robotic WasteShark can swim for up to 16 hours, consuming trash, collecting data, while using laser technology to filter what it swallows, ensuring that no harm comes to the wildlife in the oceans. It can also collect data about the pH level of the ocean, nitrate content, salinity, and some other relevant information.
What inspired the Drone and How it works
The Chief Executive Officer of the Dutch Company responsible for creating the waterway cleansing robot, Richard Hardiman has said that he was inspired to create a solution to the excessive waste in the oceans when he personally witnessed the pain and agony some fishermen went through when the fish they caught were stuck in a pile of trash from the ocean. It had never crossed his mind that such a problem existed and that someone needed to solve it. Hence he got to work immediately, which produced the WasteShark years later.
The WasteShark is connected to a remote control like a drone, and can also be piloted from an iPad to go through canal, harbors, and different kinds of water bodies to collect waste. Most of the wastes in the ocean are plastic, and this robot has been configured to treat plastic collection as a priority. It is originally meant to scoop out wastes from all rivers and seas before it gets lost in the oceans or before it sinks into the bottom of the ocean. RanMarine Technology plans to launch many WasteSharks to work together to collect as many plastic wastes and other contaminants in the ocean.
Operation Save the Big Blue
The ocean is big enough to make it hard for the wastes to be collected, but the WasteShark is particularly designed to access the difficult and remote areas to suck up all the waste hidden there. It is powered by the solar energy and also designed to stay charged up in the water. It has been launched in Dubai and Rotterdam to clear the waterways, collecting all the contaminants and plastic wastes it can find in the waters.