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Project sustainability

In order to maintain momentum beyond the completion of the project, the SeaClear project partners are pursuing several actions, addressing our three main groups of stakeholders:

General public

Scientific community

  • Wrap up scientific publications and updating the publications section on this website. Moreover, several publications are currently submitted for review:

    • SeaClear Team; The SeaClear System: An Intelligent Multi-robot Solution for Autonomous Clean-up of Marine Debris on the Seabed (submitted)
    • Antun Ðuraš, Ben J. Wolf, Athina Ilioudi, Ivana Palunko, and Bart De Schutter SeaClear Dataset: Detection and Segmentation of Marine Debris in Shallow Waters (submitted)
  • Attend and popularize SeaClear at scientific conferences. Conferences already planned for participation:

    • 5th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics and Vehicles, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
    • 2024 American Control Conference, Toronto, Canada


  • Continue to undertake commercial actions to stimulate stakeholder interest and initiate sales of systems and services. The discussions underway in May 2024 and the expected year of completion are as follows:

    • Litter cleaning services for a French Marine Park (2024)
    • SeaCat + Tortuga for a Cyprus Research Institute (2024)
    • SeaClear system sales for a Japanese wind turbine operator (2025)
    • SeaClear system sales for a German wind turbine operator (2025)
    • Litter cleaning services for a Spanish wind turbine operator (2025)
    • Litter cleaning services in Poland – Baltic Sea (2025)
    • Litter cleaning services for a Scottish wind turbine operator (2029)
  • Promote the use of combined SeaClear and SeaClear2.0 systems and approaches

  • Undertake marketing actions to promote subsystems such as SeaCat and Tortuga, USV based ROV launching systems, USV based UAV launching and recovery platform

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 871295.

The SEACLEAR project spans four years, running from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2023.


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