The goal of the SeaClear project is to develop autonomous underwater and surface vessels for mapping, classification and collection of marine waste. Hopefully in the future, robots will be cleaning our oceans continuously, but for now, periodic ocean clean-up actions performed by divers and manned vessels remain the only option. However, to test the efficiency of the autonomous vessels being developed through the project, a baseline must be used for comparison, making monitoring the efficiency of current ocean clean-up actions essential to the project.

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Read more: ECO Cleanup action in Dubrovnik

While we are busy with the developments of the SeaClear project, several media outlets have found our vision for cleaner waters appealing and have published stories about the project.

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Read more: Media mentions for SeaClear

Divers at the Brijesta Bay, collecting litter
Divers at the Brijesta Bay, collecting litter
On July 11th 2020, the University of Dubrovnik and Regional Agency DUNEA participated in a marine litter clean-up action in Mali Ston Bay. This event has been organized by Dubrovnik Neretva County Public Institution for Nature Protection, as part of the ECOSS project. The exact demo site was Brijesta bay on Pelješac peninsula. Besides being the location with highly developed mariculture production, this site also falls under the area of the largest ecological network in the world – European ecological network Natura 2000.

Read more: Marine litter clean-up action in Brijesta bay

The SeaCat USV at the Subsea Tech workshop
The SeaCat USV at the Subsea Tech workshop
On 10th of July, Subsea Tech received the SeaCat Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) from the shipyard which manufactured the hull and integrated the propulsion. SeaCat will be used as the surface platform to deploy the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and the two Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs) to locate and collect litter from the seabed and from the water column in the SeaClear project. This is a great step forward for the project as the team will now be able to work on hardware/software integration during the coming months. SeaCat is a 6.70 m long – 1.1 ton USV with 250 kg payload capacity and 7 days autonomy, able to embark, in addition to the ROVs, various sensors and tooling for coastal and offshore missions. SeaCat is housed in a purpose built new workshop at Subsea Tech seaside facilities in Marseilles.

Read more: SeaCat received by Subsea Tech

SeaClear partners online meeting
On June 16th and 17th 2020, SeaClear partners participated in a project meeting which was held online due to the situation with the corona virus. SeaClear initiative plans to develop first mixed system of Unmanned Underwater, Surface, and Aerial Vehicles - UUV, USV, UAV - to find and collect litter from the seabed and from the water column. The focus is on coastal areas since that is where waste inflow concentrates. At this meeting, coordinators of each work package provided an overview of the current state of implementation and instructed further tasks in order to comply with the planned schedule of activities. The next meeting is foreseen for September 2020 and should take place in Dubrovnik. Preliminary investigations of the pilot sites in Croatia, namely the island of Lokrum and Bistrina in Mali Ston Bay, has already begun by experts from the University of Dubrovnik. Planned meeting in September will be a great opportunity for other expert partners to also conduct initial demonstrations of currently available systems.

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Read more: SeaClear partner meeting

corona virus banner from EU
World-leading scientists & health experts say €7.5 billion is needed to develop solutions to test, treat & protect people, and prevent coronavirus from spreading. The European Union and Comission, which are the sponsors of this project, have organised a Global Response pledging effort to finance these life-saving solutions.

Join the EU’s GlobalResponse pledging effort: https://europa.eu/global-response/

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Ivana Palunko presenting SeaClear
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing hosted a two-day regional workshop 'Space powering the Green Deal and the Digital Economy' that was co-organised with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Croatian Ministry of Science and Education. The workshop took place on the 5th and 6th of March 2020 and welcomed more than 200 participants, national and international experts from the public and private sectors. More than 20 lectures on different topics related to space technologies, Earth observation data, and environmental protection were presented.

This workshop was a unique opportunity for Croatian researchers and interested public to exchange information and ideas with European experts, to define further steps in strenghtening cooperation, and to explore opportunities for Croatian industry to become actively involved in ESA's programs and projects.

Assoc.prof. Ivana Palunko from LARIAT-Laboratory for intelligent autonomous systems, University of Dubrovnik presented our H2020 SeaClear Project and took part in the panel discussion.

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Read more: SeaClear present at ESA event

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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