Cleaner ships without the downtime
An innovative ship hull cleaning installation at Dutch ports is cleaning container vessels without causing any downtime, even when combined with bunkering activities.
Fleet Cleaner has so far cleaned several 350m+ sized container vessels during loading and unloading at the terminals.
“The costs of fouling are often underestimated,” said Lodewijk Middelburg, commercial manager at Fleet Cleaner.
“From our experience with shipping companies we see that these container vessels of over 350m can save around 14 MT fuel per day. This is equivalent to saving a fully loaded bunker truck every two days. By keeping such a vessel clean, the daily CO2 emissions of over 10,000 average cars can be saved.”
Fleet Cleaner aims to maintain the highest standards regarding safety and the environment, while delivering high quality to its customers.
Measurements in cooperation with Dutch regulating authorities have shown that the cleaning operation by Fleet Cleaner does not damage the environment.
The robot is fully operated by an operator in the control room of the support vessel, which moors alongside the ship that is being cleaned. There are no divers used to clean the vessel and a safe working distance is always maintained from the vessel, so that a completely safe operation is ensured.