Your smart pair of eyes on the water

AquaSmartXL provides you with an additional pair of eyes on the water. Our small-sized aquatic drone helps to observe assets as well as their surrounding environment on a regular basis and at locations where conventional technologies cannot be applied; either because these technologies are too dangerous, too expensive or simply not practical to use.

Why use it?

Small in size, big in flexibility. The AquaDrone helps to:

  • Observe places more often in a cost-effective way;
  • Look at assets from different (and difficult) angles;
  • Explore places that are difficult or impossible to reach by conventional vessels or divers.

The AquaDrone can complement or even replace visual inspections on location. As the AquaDrone sends real-time video information to the user, the person carrying out the inspection can see exactly what the drone sees and look around freely — but from a safe and comfortable position! This saves time, reduces costs and improves safety.

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Successful pilot project at Vopak Terminal Botlek

AquaSmartXL and RoNik Inspectioneering have finished their first combined pilot project commissioned by Vopak. The AquaDrone was used to do a jetty inspection at Vopak Terminal Botlek. Vopak is the first major player in the Rotterdam port area that has implemented an innovative AquaDrone solution to tackle an existing problem.

By using our AquaDrone instead of traditional inspection solutions we have succeeded in shortening the maintenance time and at the same time provided Vopak with a better insight of the status of their jetty than they had ever before.

Watch the “after movie” that is made of this successful pilot project by pressing the embedded video below.

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Jetty inspection with AquaDrone at Vopak Terminal Botlek


AquaSmartXL & RoNik Inspectioneering

AquaSmartXL and RoNik Inspectioneering have combined their forces and are now jointly developing a new service. The co-operation is focused on “engineering robotic inspections” and together we are working on an AquaDrone service for maritime industrial structures like jetties and piers.

AquaSmartXL will focus on engineering the AquaDrone, communication protocols and the License to Operate from port authorities.  RoNik will provide the data capturing, data analysis and displaying of  data. Together we will deliver insight to the customer about their status of their assets. Not only will we be able to deliver a standard inspection rapport, we also offer a full 3D digital model based on visual information of their asset. Customers can use it to verify the inspection conclusions. Next to that they will also have a reference point for all future endeavors. Providing more complete information, that lead to better decisions generating better results.

The technological development is in its final stage, soon we will announce our first project.

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World Port Days 2016

The 39th edition of the World Port Days will be held on 2, 3 and 4 September 2016. The theme of this year is: The Smartest Port. AquaSmartXL is one of the frontrunner’s in the innovative Unmanned Nautical Scene. We are proud to announce that we are one of the participants in the main program. We are a showcase of what makes Rotterdam the best and Smartest Port in the world, innovative technologies applied to solve real life challenges.

During the World Port Days we will provide an unprecedented experience of the Port of Rotterdam. Our live 3D demo with a challenging puzzle for participants will be an experience as never seen before and let people experience the port from a unique angle. Tickets will be available for our sponsors.

Do you want to be part of our World Port Days experience? Download the brochure now:

AquaSmartXL World Port Days 2016 Brochure

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Meet our AquaDrone


Product features

  • Current prototype model: the AquaDroneXS
  • Equipped with a camera and GPS
  • Real-time video streaming
  • Integration with VR equipment
  • Remotely controlled

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About us

AquaSmartXL is a PortXL startup that bridges the gap between current land-based and existing aquatic surveillance and inspection services. We provide harbour companies and authorities with the additional eyes that help to improve safety and efficiency in and around the port area.

The core team currently consists of:

  • Marlon Drinkwaard, Founder
  • Jan Gerard Snip, Co-founder
  • Dennis de Witte, Managing Director
  • Anita Felter, Spokeswoman
  • Mark Georgiev, Customer Acquisition

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Media coverage

AquaSmartXL has been getting national and international attention in the media. Click on the links below to see some of the articles:

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Pilot with us!

Is your company interested in an Aquatic Drone solution? Would you like to see what our AquaDrone can do for you? Please get in touch with us via to discuss the various options for a pilot project.

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AquaSmartXL successful participant in the PortXL program.

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