Dubai considers waste eating ‘shark’ for Dubai Canal
Dubai Municipality is mulling the launch of a smart, autonomous vehicle that clears rubbish in waterways called “Waste Shark,” according to a press release.
“It is a remote-controlled, autonomous vehicle with dynamic sensors and a smart camera that tracks floating debris and removes them,” said Abdul Majeed Abdul Azeez Al Saifaie, director of the Waste Management Department of the Municipality.
“It would improve the quality of work and contribute to the rationalisation of expenditure. It is also environmentally friendly as it is electrically operated and does not release any carbon dioxide,” he added.
He was speaking about the future plan for the development of cleaning operations in Dubai’s water channels after the municipality enhanced its fleet of waterway clean-up boats.
He said these will include the study of a number of modern techniques and equipment used for water purification of the channels, which rely on artificial intelligence and reduce human intervention.
They also use the latest and the most advanced mechanisms to improve performance and efficiency of marine hygiene operations, such as the introduction of a new mechanism called Waste Shark.
The Waste Management Department is responsible for the cleaning of Dubai Creek, Al Jaddaf Creek, Dubai Water Canal and Business Bay Canal.
They also cover expansions and new waterways such as the waterfront overlooking the fish market and the Deira harbour canal as these places bear tourist, economic and historic importance.
The cleaning of these sites is carried out through a specialised unit which has 50 specialist marine workers and cleaners of water canals, operating 13 boats classified for manual and hydraulic recovery operation, equipped with the latest technologies.
In 2017, the unit collected about 1,070 tonnes of waste from these waterways, as well as 63 neglected and sunken ships, which were a navigational hazard.