HullWiper has announced that its underwater hull cleaning technology is now available as an on-board solution, enabling all types of vessels to clean their hulls on demand.
The on-board version of the diver and brush-free Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), HullWiper, will allow ship operators to perform a partial or full hull clean on a planned rotation, as and when needed.
The on-board ROV uses adjustable seawater jets, instead of brushes or other abrasives, as the cleaning medium. This minimises the risk of damaging antifouling coatings and enables ships’ hulls to be kept clean to reduce resistance and improve fuel efficiency. As no divers are required, risk to human life is lessened.
The solution can be included in the design phase of newbuilds and allocated to a specific space on deck, on the door on the side of a vessel, or using a moon pool.
Cleaning can be conducted day or night, in most weather conditions, and whilst cargo operations are underway. HullWiper collects residues with an on-board filter, cutting the risk of contamination of waters by non-native species.
Simon Doran, HullWiper’s managing director, said: “The need for owners and operators to proactively manage marine fouling on their vessels, and prove that they have a cleaning management plan in place, can be the difference between being allowed into a port and being turned away. Leasing a ROV and keeping it onboard means they can clean whenever they want.”
The cleaning unit has permission to work in many locations around the world. The ROV now operates in ports in Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and – on an ad hoc basis – at key locations across the Middle East.
HullWiper offers assistance in obtaining permission from any port seeking to check the cleaning process and result.
HullWiper’s general manager Laurance Langdon, added: “Cleaning in international waters with the HullWiper is not a problem. Vessels can also clean in port, during loading and unloading and in most weather conditions, eliminating the need for unnecessary downtime.”
Training for HullWiper is provided at the HullWiper Training Centre in Dubai, followed by on board training with the operator. HullWiper also provides round-the-clock support and a technical team on standby to reach any vessel at any time.