Cleaning curved areas of a ship’s hull

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 one of the most efficient ways to clean a hull while still collecting all of the waste. However, the robot has some limitations. One of those limitations is the minimal bending radius of the hull. Highly curved areas, like the bulb and the bilge keel, cannot be reached by the Fleet Cleaner robot. In order to extend our services, Fleet Cleaner is continuously developing new technology. To increase the area that can be covered by our robot, Fleet Cleaner is looking to develop a new tool based on our current technology. This new tool should be specifically suitable for curved areas like the bulb and the bilge keel. Therefore we are looking for interns who are interested in assisting on the conceptual design of such a new tool.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic MSc, 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