ECO Cleanup action in Dubrovnik

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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Media mentions for SeaClear

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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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.

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SeaCat received by Subsea Tech

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.

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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