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HullWiper Announces First Americas Operations Base For The Panama Canal


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HullWiper Announces First Americas Operations Base For The Panama Canal

Logistic News - Published on Wed, 05 Jun 2019


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Vessels transiting the Panama Canal can now take advantage of HullWiper Ltd’s innovative and eco-friendly hull cleaning solution, with the establishment of the first HullWiper operations base in the Americas, in partnership with leading provider of subsea services Talleres Industriales, SA. The agreement forms part of HullWiper’s global leasing programme introduced in 2017, which works with partners around the world to offer ship owners and operators an affordable, brush- and diver-free alternative to traditional hull cleaning methods that protects both vessel hull coatings and the delicate marine ecosystem. The Panama Canal is a key transit point for vessels sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, facilitating world trade by avoiding the lengthy voyage around the southern tip of the American continent. The launch of HullWiper’s hull cleaning service there is in response to growing demand for safe hull cleaning solutions.

HullWiper’s Remotely Operated Vehicle gears up to clean vessel hull. HullWiper’s patented Remotely Operated Vehicle system uses adjustable seawater jets under variable pressure to remove fouling, instead of brushes or abrasives, minimising the risk of damage to expensive anti-fouling coatings. No divers are used, so there is no risk to human life and cleaning can be conducted day or night, in most weather conditions, and whilst cargo operations are underway. Removed residues are collected by an onboard filter and deposited into dedicated drums onshore for locally-approved environmental disposal. The filter also reduces the risk of cross-pollination of waters with alien species.


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