GAC EnvironHull has expanded its eco-friendly, brush-and-diver-free hull cleaning operation to Fujairah, just six months after its launch in Dubai last November. The HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an unmanned hull cleaning unit which uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium, rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in less damage to the antifouling surface. Residues and harmful marine growths captured during cleaning are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner instead of being discharged into the sea as is often the case using traditional methods.
In response to market interest and consistent demand since its launch, GAC EnvironHull has now established a HullWiper ROV unit at the Port of Fujairah, onboard the support vessel Maggie 1.The first HullWiper operations at Fujairah have already been conducted, including one job performed during the hours of darkness – something not possible using traditional hull cleaning methods.
Simon Doran, Managing Director of GAC EnvironHull, says: “These days, ship owners and operators are seeking solutions which both deliver tangible operational results and also enhance their corporate ‘green’ image. By bringing the HullWiper service to Fujairah, we are providing ship owners and operators with greater choice and yet another option for efficient vessel care.”
HullWiper has already been granted permission from the UAE Environmental Department and DP World for use in inner harbours at all quays inside the port of Jebel Ali.