The eco-friendly HullWiper hull cleaning system is now available across the Middle East and Subcontinent region through a newly launched leasing scheme. This 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.
Up to now, HullWiper has only been available at selected locations through local partners. However the company believes a new operating model is needed to meet growing global demand and so is rolling out the lease option.
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 been approved for use at a number of ports in the Middle East, including Dubai. Lessees will have to manage the process of securing further port approvals for HullWiper’s use, although support is available from the company.