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Valencia aiming for Spain’s hull cleaning crown

HullWiper technology lays down challenge to traditional methods

“Word of mouth is a powerful tool in the shipping industry and as the message spreads about the benefits of HullWiper at ports like Valencia, the next question ship owners and operators will ask is how the technology could benefit them.”

Simon Doran

Managing Director, GAC EnvironHull

GAC EnvironHull’s MD Simon Doran knows the size of the challenge. “Until now, hull cleaning in Spain has largely been associated with Algeciras, at the southern tip of the country, due to the concentration of maintenance companies using traditional methods there,” he says. “But with the availability of HullWiper, Valencia is featuring more and more on the radar of owners and operators looking for an alternative that makes both economic and ecological sense.”

Clean hull, clean conscience

The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) cleans hulls without compromising hull coatings or putting human life and the sensitive marine environment at risk. The ROV is operated from shore with the help of lights and cameras and cleaning can be carried out at any time, day or night, in most weather conditions, even during loading or unloading.

Valencia is one of a growing number of ports to recognise HullWiper as a viable alternative to traditional hull cleaning using divers and brush carts, and has granted it permission to operate in its waters. The system is also offered at other locations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Discount

GAC EnvironHull is currently offering a 20% discount on all HullWiper cleans conducted at Valencia. “Earning the confidence of the industry is a key challenge in the transition from traditional hull cleaning techniques,” says Doran.

“Word of mouth is a powerful tool in the shipping industry and as the message spreads about the benefits of HullWiper at ports like Valencia, the next question ship owners and operators will ask is how the technology could benefit them.”

Calculate and compare

GAC EnvironHull has developed an online fuel savings calculator that lets owners and operators compare the financial benefits of the HullWiper system with traditional methods. The online calculator takes account of vessel size, speed, voyage, fuel type, temperature and anti-fouling coatings used for a range of vessels including bulk carriers, container ships, LNG/LPG vessels and tankers.

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