GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the Norway-based international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in the Middle East.
From the second quarter of 2015, GAC EnvironHull will use its HullWiper technology to remove fouling from the Statoil fleet of long-term chartered vessels to enhance efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, whilst also preserving and protecting the maritime environment. HullWiper is a diver-free underwater hull Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) which uses high pressure water jets to remove marine fouling. It can clean up to 2000 m² of hull per hour without causing any damage to anti-fouling surfaces.
GAC EnvironHull’s agreement with Statoil comes after the Norwegian-based company recently used HullWiper to clean the hull of one of its chartered vessels at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The technology is also now available for use in other Middle Eastern ports, including Jebel Ali, Sharjah and Sohar in Oman.