On Friday, 7 July, a 180-metre-long oil tanker was scrubbed down by a robot provided by hull cleaning services company Fleet Cleaner during the loading and unloading process in Port of Amsterdam. This was the first time the robot – which cleans ship hulls and removes contaminants such as slime, algae and mussels – was used for this purpose. In removing this biological fouling, shipping companies can save a significant amount of fuel and therefore operate more sustainably. The Fleet Cleaner robot is equipped to clean the entire vessel, both below and above the water and across the curved surfaces of all types of vessels. The robot collects the fouling, after which a supply pipe pumps it into the filtering system on the work vessel, where it is filtered in a series of stages.
Fleet Cleaner has been granted a permit by the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) to clean vessels in all Dutch ports.
In addition, the system is certified for usage in petroleum ports. Fleet Cleaner’s cleaning service, which does not rely on the use of divers, is available in Dutch ports 24/7. For additional information, please visit www.fleetcleaner.com and www.ohshipcleaning.com.
Photo caption: the Tosca is given a scrub-down by Fleet Cleaner’s white robot.