ATEX certified installation

Introduction to Fleet Cleaner

Fleet Cleaner develops and deploys robots for ship hull cleanings. We are an innovative technical company based in Delft. With our unique robot we offer the most complete solution for ship hull cleanings on the market, available in all Dutch seaports. The Fleet Cleaner robot removes fouling from a ship’s hull, thereby increasing fuel efficiency dramatically and reducing fuel costs. The cleaning is performed during loading and unloading in port; resulting in no down-time for the vessel. The fouling that is removed from the vessel is captured and filtered by our state-of-the-art filtering system aboard our support vessel. This is the reason that Fleet Cleaner is one of only a few companies licensed to perform hull cleanings in Dutch ports.

Research objectives

The Fleet Cleaner robot is able to clean most ships during loading and unloading at the terminal. However, tankers that are loading or unloading flammable substances pose an explosion risk. The area around such a ship becomes an ATEX zone during cargo operations. In such a zone, the use of electrical equipment is only allowed if this equipment is ATEX certified. This is relatively simple when talking about phones or computers, however the implications for a complete cleaning installation are extensive. Therefore we are looking for interns who are interested in one or more of the following topics:

  • Proving insight in the measures needed to get the system ATEX certified
  • Making a conceptual design for an ATEX certified installation
  • Making a conceptual design for an ATEX certified support vessel

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic BSc or Applied Science (HBO) student, preferably with a background in maritime engineering, mechanical engineering or related engineering fields. We offer the following:

  • 3-12 months thesis assignment or internship at Fleet Cleaner (in Delft)
  • Working in an innovative company
  • Working together in a young, enthusiastic and multidisciplinary team
  • An appropriate internship allowance