After recently launching its innovative ship hull cleaning installation in all Dutch ports, Fleet Cleaner has successfully cleaned various container vessels with a length of over 350 m during loading and unloading at the terminals. All these cleanings were conducted without causing any downtime for the shipping companies, even when combined with bunkering activities.
“The costs of fouling are often underestimated,” says Lodewijk Middelburg, commercial manager at Fleet Cleaner. “From our experience with shipping companies we see that these container vessels of over 350 m can save around 14 MT fuel per day. This is equivalent to saving a fully loaded bunker truck every two days. By keeping such a vessel clean, the daily CO2 emissions of over 10,000 average cars can be saved.”
Fleet Cleaner aims to maintain the highest standards regarding safety and the environment, while delivering high quality to its customers. Measurements in cooperation with Dutch regulating authorities have shown that the cleaning operation by Fleet Cleaner does not damage the environment. The robot is fully operated by an operator in the control room of the support vessel, which moors alongside the ship that is being cleaned. There are no divers used to clean the vessel and a safe working distance is always maintained from the vessel, so that a completely safe operation is ensured.
Currently the company is 24/7 available in all ports in the Netherlands to deliver its hull cleaning service.