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MOBILE HULL CLEANING LAUNCHED IN SW AFRICA

MOBILE HULL CLEANING LAUNCHED IN SW AFRICA

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 

The HullWiper company is teaming up with KWINT Offshore Services Namibia to bring green, safe and port-approved hull cleaning solutions to vessels calling at Walvis Bay, following issue by Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism of an Environmental Clearance Certificate to KWINT to operate the hull cleaning system.

This is said to make HullWiper’s eco-friendly ROV the only hull cleaning equipment approved to meet growing demand for sustainable shipping solutions that comply with local port regulations. KWINT joins the growing network under HullWiper’s lease agreement, which allows partners to offer ship owners and operators an affordable, brush- and diver-free alternative to traditional methods, to protect both expensive anti-fouling coatings on vessel hulls and the ocean ecosystem.

Namibia is the first country where hull cleans will be conducted using HullWiper’s recently introduced self-contained 40ft hull cleaning container. The customised container includes a fully functioning engine room, workshop and control area from where trained technicians work. The air-conditioned unit will provide quick and easy mobilisation and demobilisation for vessels calling at the port or outer port limits.

HullWiper MD Simon Doran said: “KWINT's addition to the HullWiper family continues our global expansion and increases availability of our environmentally friendly services to principals, both existing and new ones. We share with KWINT a consistent approach to reducing the spread of invasive species with operations that significantly reduce the risk to life.”

HullWiper’s ROV is recognised as 100% environmentally friendly as all pollutants removed during a clean are collected by an onboard filter unit for safe disposal onshore. The system uses adjustable seawater jets as the cleaning medium, instead of brushes or abrasives, to minimise the risk of damage to coatings. Removing fouling from vessels’ hulls results in optimal performance, energy efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, and avoids the expense of recoating in case of damage.  No divers are used, so there is no risk to human life and cleaning can be conducted day or night, in most weather conditions, and whilst cargo operations are underway.

Since its launch in 2013, HullWiper has expanded from its first base in Dubai to key locations across the Middle East, as well as ports in Australia, Denmark, Egypt, Gibraltar, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Panama and Mauritius. To date, HullWiper has performed hull cleans for more than 1,000 vessels worldwide. 

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