The DFDS Group’s 2,800 DWT car-passenger ferry ‘Pearl Seaways’ is the latest in more than 550 hull cleans carried out by GAC’s remotely operated HullWiper system.
The clean happened in Copenhagen and took just 7.5 hours to complete while the ferry, which runs between Copenhagen and Oslo, was in dock.
Gert Jakobsen, Vice President of the DFDS Group, explained why HullWiper was chosen for the job: “We pride ourselves on our environmental credentials so it was essential that whatever system we chose could handle waste water and not contaminate the local marine ecosystem with debris and fouling.
“DFDS also cares about safety – and the ability to use a remotely operated vehicle instead of divers and brush carts was a definite advantage. This made choosing HullWiper to clean the ‘Pearl Seaways’ an obvious choice.”
GAC EnvironHull Managing Director Simon Doran says that in addition to greater safety, pollution avoidance, improved performance, reduced fuel consumption and fewer carbon emissions, a clean hull plays a key role in forming the first impressions of passengers when boarding a ship for a cruise.
“We are always looking at markets that can benefit from HullWiper’s approach to cleaning and the cruise industry ticks all the boxes,” he adds. “Time is critical in the cruise sector, so delivering a fast hull clean with minimum disruption is paramount.
“Further, as cruise liners generally have top-quality hull coatings, it’s important to avoid any damage caused by brushes or abrasives. By using adjustable sea water jets to remove fouling, HullWiper eliminates that risk, and offers a huge long-term saving.”