The pioneering eco-friendly HullWiper hull cleaning system can now be used worldwide, following the launch of its first leasing scheme.
This latest initiative makes it possible for ship owners and operators, technical managers, charterers, coatings companies, government entities and other interested parties to use the brush- and diver-free Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) wherever approval has been given for its operation within port waters*.
The leasing scheme expands HullWiper’s geographical footprint through a network of established contacts and enables customers to reap the financial rewards of working with a system that is gaining ever greater recognition within the shipping industry.
Until now, HullWiper has been available at selected locations in partnership with local partners. But a new operating model was needed to meet growing global demand. The option of leasing was first floated when the technology made its operational debut in late 2013 – and now its time has come. Leasing makes it possible to expand HullWiper geographically faster and offers greater flexibility for lessees.
Through this new iniative, more members of the international maritime community can enjoy the benefits of HullWiper technology which saves both time and money in delivering a smooth, streamlined hull to optimise fuel efficiency, and does so without compromising the delicate marine environment or risking penalties for contaminating port waters with removed fouling.
The adjustable pressure seawater jets HullWiper uses to dislodge fouling eliminate the risk of damage to expensive hull coating associated with conventional methods using brushes and abrasives. Further, removed residues are captured for safe, ecologically-approved disposal on land, so no debris is released into the sea. The cleaning process is monitored using CCTV cameras. No divers are needed so associated costs and the potential risk to human life is eliminated. Cleaning can be carried out day or night, and in most weather conditions, even when loading or unloading is underway whilst the vessel is in port, saving valuable time and money.
Simon Doran, HullWiper’s Managing Director, says : “Shipping is the ultimate global industry, so it is important for us to enable vessel owners and operators to use HullWiper whenever and wherever they need it. Our new leasing scheme does just that, and we believe it will also drive further operational improvements, raise environmental performance standards, and improve safety during hull cleaning at hundreds of ports around the world.
“HullWiper has received widespread support at key shipping hubs like Dubai, Rotterdam, Valencia, and Singapore, since its launch. The time is now right to take the next step and make our cutting-edge technology accessible to more local partners.”
HullWiper has been approved for use at ports in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and more than 700 hull cleaning operations have been conducted to date. For more information on leasing options and what HullWiper can do for you and your fleet, go to www.hullwiper.co.