Andrew TURTON & Pete
THE SEABIN PROJECT
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
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 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
We also have the option to fit an oil/water separator to the
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
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
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
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
Q: How do Seabins work in tidal areas?
A: Seabins at present are designed for floating docks and
Q. How are the pumps run? Do you have any other plans to power
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
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
DISPOSITIVO RECOGEDOR DE BASURA FLOTANTE
FLOATING GARBAGE COLLECTOR DEVICE
Inventor(s): TURTON ANDREW STEPHEN
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.
OBJECT OF THE INVENTION
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.
SCOPE OF THE INVENTION
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.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
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
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.
EXPLANATION OF THE INVENTION
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
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.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
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.
PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION
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
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
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
Additionally, and to facilitate removal of garbage (9) that builds
up in the basket (5), there is provided the existence of a mesh
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