HullWiper opens first Americas operations base for the Panama Canal

Dubai-headquartered HullWiper has announced it is opening its first operations base in the Americas, in partnership with subsea services in Panama, Talleres Industriales, to offer its hull cleaning solution to the vessels transiting the Panama Canal.

HullWiper’s patented Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) 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.

“Our ROV is a good fit to support the initiatives of the Panama Canal Authorities to provide a green solution for vessels in transit,” said Simon Doran, HullWiper managing director. “Our system boosts vessel efficiency and fuel savings to reduce CO2 emissions, whilst minimising the risk of damage to expensive anti-fouling coatings and the spread of marine biofouling.”

Talleres Industriales managing director, Lino Arosemena, said: “We are excited to introduce HullWiper in the Panama Canal area,” says “Our company has been serving the area for half a century, and now more than 1,200 vessels we attend to every year will have the opportunity to use this new service.”

HullWiper now operates from ports in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Egypt, Australia, UK, United Arab Emirates and – on an ad hoc basis – at key locations across the Middle East. New operations in Mauritius are coming in the second quarter of 2019 and it is available for lease where HullWiper does not have its own base.

Posted 03 June 2019

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Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

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