We are a team of students at University Centre South Devon currently doing a Marine Engineering degree. Our project is aiming to create a Marine Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) to help combat the issue of plastics in local marine environments.
275 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million MT entering the ocean (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2015)
Project 15 - MASS
Our autonomous aqua drone 'Project 15' is a maritime vessel that can collect data and refuse autonomously. Project 15 is a multi-use surface vessel with a wide range of capabilities
1.5m Long, 1m Wide, 30cm Deep.
Hull made from fibreglass.
185L Waste Capacity
GPS will be used to follow a pre-set path. Alternate paths will be selected to be most efficient to collect waste where it tends to gather. Manual operation will also be available.
Routes will be pre-set into Project 15, the vessel will then choose the most appropriate route depending on current tide and wind data.
How it Works
1. Collect Ocean Waste in the marina
2. Return to Charging Point
3. Empty Waste Collector and receive data samples
Currently we are in contact with Torbay Harbour Authorities, in the future we would like to work with Princess Yachts, ABB and more! If you would be interested in sponsoring us, please get in touch.
Not the only fish in the sea
There are a few other products with similar goals:
Seabin - Stationary, By Pontoon, Consumes lots of power
Wasteshark - Loses collected waste when maneuvering.
Marine Autonomous Challenge
We have been accepted for the Marine Autonomous Challenge. We are up against a number of Universities including: University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham, University of West England and University of Newcastle. The challenge has now been replaced with a Webinar description of how the task would have been completed, if it were not for COVID-19