Aquatic Drones
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deeper insight - less costs - smaller footprint


deeper insight - less costs - smaller footprint


Inspection and monitoring of:

Hydrographic surveys (bathymetry)

Quays, dams, locks, bridges

Safety & security

Water quality & sampling

Ship hulls

Fish counts

Marine ecology

Oil spill detection

Wind turbines at sea

and more data collecting...

Innovation Expo 2018

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Exhibiting Aquatic Drones in the Port of Rotterdam in the presence of 5000+ international guests

There is a great demand for maintenance data in the maritime world. But the costs are too high and usually a lot of different data has to be collected.

Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

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Entrepreneur tips from Aquatic Drones on SMASH-UP # 4

During the SMASH-UP Maarten Ruyssenaers gave - next to a demonstration of the latest drone - text and explanation about the development of a successful company in Smart Shipping.

Water Board Hollandse Delta

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Waterdrone scans soil De Keen in Strijen (The Netherlands)

Water Board Hollandse Delta dredges De Keen in Strijen (The Netherlands). The largest part south of the built-up area of ​​Strijen has been dredged in phase 1.

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Futuristic shipping in the offing

Self-propelled ships, mooring without crew and sailing drones. It sounds futuristic, but these 'smart' technologies are already possible on paper. However, inland shipping is still

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Aquatic Drones Builds Data Service for Europe and Beyond

Maarten Ruyssenaers, CEO of AquaticDrones, describes his experience at the Resource Design Manufacturing in Rotterdam, his company’s autonomous boats, and the data service they offer.

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Technology for Human Progress

Today’s challenges in the field of river, harbor and sea monitoring and maintenance are complex requiring a multidisciplinary approach. We develop sustainable solutions in open collaboration with technical frontrunners, customers, development partners, research institutes, suppliers and experts, exploring the deeper questions and broader context. To bring economic and ecologic goals both in balance. We manifest the highest value for human progress: smart, safe and sustainable.

Current situation

  • There is a great need for maintenance data, but the costs are high
  • Most application areas demand not one but multiple data collection
  • Water authorities and industries do not always have full insight in the effects of interventions in maintenance and the underlying causes

"What are your maritime challenges?"

Triple Technology

Aquatic Drones are maritime robots that collect data autonomously.

  • Multi-use surface vessel with a wide range of sensors
  • Autonomous operating system with object detection and avoidance
  • Data analytics, interpretation and predictive maintenance models
Aquatic Drone hydrographic surveys

Full Data Service

Authorities and companies who manage and maintain assets in water are asking for effective data to carry out maintenance. 

"We deliver data processing and predictive maintenance models that fit our clients’ workflows and software. More data, less costs, more effective interventions"

Principles of Operation

Full data service

Automated data analysis, interpretation and visualization with far reaching predictive modelling compatible with your Asset Management software and Geographic Information System (GIS-software).

Open source

Sharing of knowledge, experience and practice resulting in creating solutions that have lasting impact.

Low cost, high quality

High quality and low cost go together in this disruptive era of technical advancements. We realise by open source, prototyping and testing, collaboration, covering multiple applications  and business cases for our clients.

Modular design

Application in various fields, depending on the requirements of our customers. This allows the aquatic drones to be used in multiple areas.


Our principles are in our DNA: smart, safe and sustainable. From this perspective we keep adding value for our customers, never loosing track of the broader context of operation.

Latest articles

June 27, 2018

Futuristic shipping in the offing

Self-propelled ships, mooring without crew and sailing drones. It sounds futuristic, but these 'smart' technologies are already possible on paper. However, inland shipping is still

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June 27, 2018

Futuristische scheepvaart in het verschiet

Zelfvarende schepen, zonder bemanning afmeren en varende drones. Het klinkt futuristisch, maar deze ‘smart’ technologieën zijn op papier nu al mogelijk. De binnenvaart

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April 26, 2018

Demonstreren van Aquatic Drones in de haven van Rotterdam voor 5000+ internationale gasten

Vanuit de maritieme wereld is veel vraag naar onderhoudsdata in de maritieme wereld. Maar de kosten zijn te hoog en er moet meestal veel verschillende data verzameld worden.

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Custom made solutions
Choose from a wide range of features, systems and sensors:

  • Semi or fully autonomous vessel
  • Multiple sensors
  • Automated data processing
  • Predictive data modeling
  • Multiple applications & business cases
  • Custom made system setup
  • One operator for multiple drones in
    different application areas
Optional systems and sensors
  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Battery management system
  • Onshore monitoring system
  • Radar: ship up to swimmer detection
  • AIS: automatic identification system
  • Data communication to shore
  • Lidar  and cameras: long and short distance calculation with software- GPS: up to 2 cm / 0,78” accurate
  • Failback system: far reaching safety
  • Single or multibeam echosounder
  • Side scan sonar
  • Sound velocity profiler
  • Sound velocity sensor
  • Cameras: infrared, day & night vision
  • Sensors for water quality
  • Motion and heading sensors
  • Survey data processing
  • Inspection data processing
  • And more...

"What is your ideal system set-up?"