A simple solution to our oceans pollution

We are excited to introduce our new invention helping to solve, educate and prevent our oceans pollution problems.

The Seabin is a revolution in ocean cleaning technology. It will help create cleaner oceans with healthier marine life. The Seabin project is helping create a better way of life for everyone and every living thing.

Join us in helping create a better world.

Andrew Turton & Pete Ceglinski – Founders of the Seabin project

How can you guys clean our oceans one marina at a time?

By starting close to the source of the problem in a controlled environment.

The marinas, ports and yacht clubs are the perfect place to start helping clean our oceans. There are no huge open ocean swells or storms inside the marinas, its a relatively controlled environment. The wind and currents are constantly moving the floating debris around in our oceans and in every port, marina or yacht club there is always some pollution heavy areas based on the predominant wind and current directions.

By working with these marinas, ports and yacht clubs we can locate the seabin in the perfect place and mother nature brings us the rubbish to catch it. Sure we cant catch everything right now but its a really positive start.

It’s a big mission, but it can be done.

In fact, we’re doing it right now.

Existing solutions to the ocean pollution problem.

The existing solutions addressing the oceans pollution problems is typically the “trash boats” These boats drive around harbors and marinas scooping up rubbish with nets built into them. They are very expensive to run and maintain and while they do a lot of good, they are not very effective according to the marinas that operate them says Caterina Amengual, General Director of the environment for the Balearic islands, Spain.

Marina workers walk around with nets scooping the rubbish out of the corners where it all converges. Again while these guys they are doing a great job, they just cannot keep up with the pollution says Eli Dana, General Manager of Newport Shipyard, Rhode Island.

Bigger scale ocean clean up concepts are also happening. The main one is by Boyan Slats with “The Ocean Clean Up”. But at this moment in time its just a concept, but a great one!  

Why is the Seabin better?

Because its here now
It’s a solution
It’s a prevention
It's educative
It works
It's low cost
It's low maintenance
It's very effective
It works 24/7

The Seabin isn’t big or bulky and can fit into the problem corners of marinas without being obtrusive or taking up dock space for boats. The waste in the Seabin is collected easily and disposed of responsibly in the already establish waste disposal system of the marina.

We also have the option to fit an oil/water separator to the system.  
How does Seabin work?   

The Seabin is located in the water and is fixed to a floating dock. There is a shore based water pump on the dock running on shore power.

The water pump creates a flow of water into the bin bringing with it all floating rubbish and debris. The rubbish/debris is caught in a natural fibre catch bag and the water is then sucked out the bottom of the bin and up to the water pump where it is then pumped back into the marina.

Who is the Seabin project targeted at?

Marinas, ports, harbors, yacht clubs, inland waterways, rivers, lakes, private pontoons and even motor yachts and super yachts.  Even boat or business owners that want to have a  Seabin in their local yacht club or marina.
Who are you guys?

Seabin Pty Ltd was founded by Australians Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, supported by a seed investment by Australian marine technology development company Shark Mitigation Systems Pty Ltd (SMS). SMS has technology partnerships with Google and Australian telecommunications company Optus, and is on a pathway to IPO listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Seabin Pty Ltd Director Andrew Turton is an Australian boat builder, sailor and surfer who conceived the Seabin concept after numerous sailing trips around the world and witnessing the amount of pollution that amasses in the marinas.

Co-Director Pete Ceglinski is an Australian industrial designer and surfer. Commencing his industrial design career in injection-moulded plastic products, in 2004 Pete crossed over to the yachting industry, catalyzing the collaboration with Andrew on the Seabin venture.

The design and development of the Seabin project is based in Palma Mallorca, Spain at the design center “The Sea” a factory space set up for creatives. The Sea has office and meetings space, an events gallery and a workshop area ideal for the Seabin project.

The Palma Mallorca location is important for the Seabin project, being the central hub of Europe’s marine industry and also having quick international access.

The Seabin project is in the final prototype phase with intensive product testing in the “Real Club Nautic” marina and yacht club based in Palma Mallorca.

November 2015, Seabin Pty Ltd is commencing a crowd funding campaign seeking donations to provide additional seed capital for the commercialisation of Seabin.

Possible risks and challenges

We have spent a long time perfecting  and developing the Seabin protoype and have minimalized a lot of risks through hard work and dedication. However we also understand there will be design and material modifications in our quest of producing the most sustainable product we can afford with our budget. We have given ourselves a realistic delivery date being mid to late 2016 to begin shipping. If this project goes big than the risk is maybe we will be slightly later as we may need to upgrade our production line to handle the orders.

We aim to be completely honest of where we are with the project, we feel we owe it to our supporters. If we suffer a set back we will let you know, maybe one of our supporters has the solution!

Our biggest challenge will be if this project goes through the roof with high orders placed then we need to turn to more sustainable methods of producing the Seabins. We have contingency plans and designs in place if this happens (fingers crossed)

We have a great facility set up at “The Sea” where we make nearly everything in house ourselves. But for the first run of the Seabins we will need to outsource some components and already have suppliers here in Europe on standby to start producing when we give them the green light. We will then assemble everything local.


We aim to start shipping mid to late 2016. If we can ship beforehand even better, but we want to be realistic. We anticipate a month or so of tweaking and refinement of the final product. We want to be sure you have the perfect product.

To reach our goal we anticipate we need to supply 50 Seabins. We feel this is also a realistic goal in this time frame. Again, if the project hits the big time then we need to step up the manufacturing and may take a little longer. But be rest assured that fulfilling our supporters are our first priority

For the other perks, it will be shipped out quickly. No dramas there.

Seabin development

We have spent a lot of time, energy and money developing the prototype to the best we possibly could. However there is always room for improvements and modifications.

We want to build the Seabins in the most sustainable and responsible way we can afford and to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.

Put short, the more money we can raise the better we can build the Seabins and the more efficient they will be.

Imagine building seabins from recycling our own captured plastics and materials to build more Seabins. Now that would be something!

Something even bigger would be a world where we don’t need the Seabins.

Q: Who buys these Seabins?

A: The Seabins are not for the everyday person. Marinas ports and yacht clubs are the target market. They will purchase and maintain the Seabins, providing a service that benefits the everyday people, oceans and sealife by removing trash from our oceans and waterways.  

Q: How do Seabins work in tidal areas?

A: Seabins at present are designed for floating docks and pontoons.

Q. How are the pumps run? Do you have any other plans to power them?

A. The pumps are currently electric, costing around $20 a month to run. We are looking into alternative eco friendlier power sources for the near future!

Q: When are the Seabins available?

A: Seabins will be available for shipping late 2016

Q. What are your plans for the future? Bigger ones?

A. The possibilities of what we can do if we get some smarter brains involved are endless! This is just the beginning!

Q: What do the Seabins cost and how do we get one?

A: The Seabins are available as a pre order through Indiegogo only. The Indiegogo price is USD$3,825.00 for a unit. Details through the link above.

Q: Do any fish get sucked into the Seabins? What about smaller marine life?

A: We have never caught a fish or marine animal in 4 years of testing Seabins. We also have a meeting with a marine Biologist on the 22nd Dec to start a study into the microscopic marine life.

Seabin in action



Collection device for floating debris, which applies to be installed fixed shape or mobile on a pier, dock, wharf or other fixed element of a port or any other aquatic area, being located just below the surface (4) water, is characterized in that it is configured from a container (2) outside which is fixed jointly, the said fixed element of the port, with its upper edge positioned slightly below the surface (4) water; a floating basket (5) less than or equal dimensions housed inside said container, which is attached to the top of the container by elastic fastenings (7); and a motor pump (8) electric or pneumatic, which, when activated, suctions the water contained in the container (2) causing the water level (4 ') inside lower, hydraulic basket (5) falls, penetrating new into the container (2) and dragging objects, waste and garbage (9) that are floating in the vicinity of the container (2), towards the inside of the basket (5), water which, in turn, as a result of the water inlet rises again, repeating the suction and lifting movement.


The invention as expressed in the title of this specification, refers to a collection device floating debris, which contributes to the function for which it is intended, several advantages and innovative features of novelty inherent in their particular organization and constitution , which will be described in detail below and are a remarkable novelty in its application field.

More particularly, the object of the invention is directed to a device, intended to be installed in water, such as sea ports or other, in lakes, ponds, rivers, seas and oceans under the surface level of the spaces water, is intended to serve as a tool for automatic garbage collection and waste floating in the water and for cleaning it of traces of oil, fuel oil, gasoline or other fluids, for which it is configured from a installed in a container basket in which a suction pump, which can go in or out of said container, whose action causes repeated raising and lowering of the basket causing the water to flow through and thus catch any floating object also implemented filtering it.


The scope of the present invention is part of the industry dedicated to the manufacture and use of equipment and devices automatic cleaning sector, focusing particularly on the area of ​​intended to clean water, especially seawater seaports, but also the freshwater river ports and similar locations. The main purpose of the invention is to clean the waterways of garbage, oil, dirt, pollution being one of the main problems of our civilization.


As it is known, in ports water normally gets dirty oil, fuel and other products that inevitably follow from the engines of boats and ships, making the water therefrom appears very dirty. In addition, it is also a problem the continued existence of trash and floating objects falling both ships as port users or nature, such as leaves. Even worse, the trash in the streets washed through drains in the ocean / sea / river resulting in a large contamination problem.

This causes a constant cleaning performance, to keep water conditions is necessary. This cleaning, so far, usually being done either manually from the springs, with nets or strainers to collect garbage and floating debris or specific barges, equipped with a sophisticated system of lateral strainers, they go walking through the port be cleaning the water surface.

The aim of the present invention is to provide to the market an innovative system of cleaning of water in these ports and any water space, as a substitute or supplement to the previously described 30, allow for a permanent system suctioned and filtering, strategically located in the port and possibly with more than one unit, depending on the size of the port and automatically cleaning water.

It should be noted, moreover, that at least by the applicant, the existence of any other collection device floating debris is unknown, or any other invention of similar application, having technical, structural and constitutive similar to those having the device advocated here, as claimed.


Thus, the collection device floating debris proposed by the invention is configured as a remarkable novelty in its scope, since according to its implementation and exhaustively, are successfully achieved the above objectives, the details being Characterising that make it possible to distinguish and conveniently collected in the final claims accompanying the present specification thereof.

Namely, as proposed by the invention is an automatic device intended to be installed in a fixed or mobile (if fixed relative is maintained at sea level) on the docks or the like location of a port, Marian or other aquatic space , maritime or river, being located just below the water surface and preferably positioned as the natural geography of the land, currents and prevailing winds.

This device is configured essentially from an external container into which a floating basket, smaller is housed and which is attached to the top of said container by springs, flexible membrane, bellows or extendable means in water analogs, such that, although the upper edge of the container is below the surface, the top edge of the floating basket in its resting state, is floating just on the surface.

The device also contemplates the existence of a motor pump of water, preferably at the lower base of the container, but can also be mounted externally, but always arranged so that by acting the pump sucks the water in the container and in the basket and push a hole or driving under the base of the container, making said basket falls within the container and, when descending, water penetrates into the container and basket through the top edges of container that they are below the surface, thereby causing entrainment of floating debris and any objects that may be in the vicinity and the water flow through a filter provided inside the container prior to the pump. In addition, as a result of the entry of water, filling the tank is repeated and in it the basket again float and therefore rises again preventing the trapped trash can back out, producing a repetitive motion and continued suction lifting and dragging the trash goes into the basket, where it is caught to be collected, while going by passing the water through the filter to phase out oil and other fluids that get dirty contained therein.

In the event that the pump is externally positioned the container will be installed connected thereto by a hose or pipe fixed to the hole provided in the base of the container and also have a separator oil filter / additional water installed in such hose or pipe as a separate unit.

Additionally, and to facilitate removal of garbage collection, there is provided the existence of a removable mesh that, as a bag is placed inside the basket of the device, so can be easily emptied and washed, may be replaced whenever appropriate.

Therefore the device described collector floating debris represents an innovative structure with structural and constitutive features unknown until now and advantageous for the purpose for which reasons linked to its practical utility is intended, provide it with sufficient grounds to obtain the privilege of It requested exclusivity.


To complement the description being made and in order to aid a better understanding of the characteristics of the invention, the present specification, as an integral part thereof, a set of drawings is attached in which with character is illustrative and not limiting, it represents the following:

Figure number 1 shows a schematic sectional view of an exemplary preferred embodiment of floating debris collecting device, object of the invention, it being appreciated in the main parts and elements comprising, as well as the configuration and arrangement of each of those parts and elements.

Figure number 2 shows a view also a sectional view the example of device according to the invention shown in the preceding figure, shown in this case with the basket in its lowest position and the water level inside the container also at its lowest point, unlike depicted in figure 1 where the full container is shown and the basket floating in its highest point.


In view of the mentioned figures and according to the adopted numbering, we can see in them an example of preferred embodiment, but not limiting, of the collection device floating debris object of the invention, which comprises the parts and elements They indicated and described in detail below.

Thus, as these figures is observed, the device (1) in question is configured from an outer container (2) which is fixed jointly, for example by supports (3) formed by anchor rods to a spring dam landing or the like fixed member port, so that its upper edge is slightly below the surface line (4) water.

Said container (2) housed therein includes a floating basket (5), to ensure correct vertical positioning and improved buoyancy preferably incorporates floats (6), fixed at least in its lower part.

In any case, said basket (5) has smaller dimensions that the container (2) external, or the same size and is tapered to fit within, and is attached to the top of said container by elastic fastenings ( 7), such as coil springs, flexible membrane or bellows or the like extendable elements, so that, although the upper edge of the container (2) is below the surface, as noted above, the upper edge of the basket (5) can fluctuate floating on the water surface and raise or lower the level of it.

Also, the device (1) has a pump (8), which can be electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic, which, when activated, suctions the water contained in the container (2) causing the water level (4 ') from inside down, and therefore falls within the basket container causing at the same time, new water from entering into the container and basket through the top edges of container which are below the surface, which determines the dragging objects, waste and garbage (9) that are floating in the vicinity of the container (2) into the basket (5).

In addition, as a result of the water inlet and filling the tank (2), the basket, since fleet back up to again raise the water level, repeating the sucking motion and elevation is dragging the trash inside the basket (5).

Note that preferably the pump (8) is located on the lower base of the container (2) and that, before it is incorporated in said container (2) under the basket (5) a filter (10) capable of removing traces of oil, fuel oil and other dense fluids water, for cleaning.

While it has not shown in the figures, in the event that the pump (8) is external, will be connected to the container (2) through a hole of the base by a hose or pipe, and have a separating filter additional oil / water installed on said hose or pipe as a separate unit.

Additionally, and to facilitate removal of garbage (9) that builds up in the basket (5), there is provided the existence of a mesh (11) removable.

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