Underwater hull cleaning specialist HullWiper Ltd has launched its first East African hull cleaning solution in partnership with Immersub of Mauritius.
HullWiper’s patented remotely operated vehicle (ROV) hull cleaning system uses adjustable seawater jets under variable pressure to remove fouling, minimizing the risk of damage to expensive anti-fouling coatings. 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 while cargo operations are underway. Removed residues are collected by an onboard filter and deposited into dedicated drums onshore for locally-approved environmental disposal. The filter also reduces the risk of cross-pollination of waters with alien species.
The agreement with Immersub was signed under HullWiper’s leasing program, introduced in 2017 to work with partners around the world to offer shipowners and operators a cost-efficient, brush- and diver-free alternative to traditional hull cleaning methods.
HullWiper Managing Director Simon Doran says, “Mauritius’ strategic position on a busy international shipping lane for vessels sailing around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope makes it a key location in the Indian Ocean. Its deep, clear waters also make it a great base from which HullWiper can provide a fast, efficient and eco-friendly hull cleaning solution.”
“Traditional hull cleaning is no longer a sustainable option for ship owners,” says Samuel Rochecouste, Development & Project Manager for Immersub. “Shipping is changing fast and service providers must adapt to the new reality and the challenges it brings. Working with HullWiper, Immersub will offer a cost-effective solution, which is in line with Mauritius’ commitment to protect the environment.”