HullWiper extends operations with new deal

Cleaning operation HullWiper’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) prepares to clean vessel hull. Credit HullWiper
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HullWiper Ltd has signed a hull cleaning frame agreement with Equinor for its fleet of oil and gas tankers operating in Scandinavia, the Far East, Middle East and Europe.

The company’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system operates in ports and uses adjustable seawater jets under variable pressure to remove fouling, instead of brushes or abrasives, minimising the risk of damage to expensive anti-fouling coatings. 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.

Simon Doran, HullWiper’s managing director, said: “We help ship owners and operators to act proactively to comply with ever more stringent rules and regulations governing the entry of vessels into ports and operations offshore.”

Eco-friendly solutions

The company aims to provide of cost-efficient, safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning solutions which boost vessel efficiency and fuel savings to reduce CO2 emissions, whilst protecting vessel hull coatings and the delicate marine ecosystem.

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.

Launched in 2013, HullWiper now operates from ports in Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Egypt, Australia, Gibraltar and the UAE, as well as other locations in the Middle East on an ad hoc basis. New operations in Panama and Mauritius are coming in the second quarter of 2019, with advanced discussions ongoing for other locations specifically.

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