The ECOsubsea system consists of a remotely operated vehicle that crawls along the ship’s hull to allegedly remove more than 97% of detritus, later used for energy production.
The mechanism will be available to visiting cruise vessels, with the Port claiming to have already used it for cleaning Disney Magic.
Collaboration between the Port and ECOsubsea contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals by ensuring 10% to 15% less fuel is used, minimising vessel air pollution by 5 – 15% and reducing the spread of invasive species between continents. The technology also protects marine owing to the sea to land filtration system which collects organic biofouling and alien invasive species.
‘The Port of Dover is committed to proactively managing and delivering a sustainable port’, says Sonia Limbrick, head of cruise, Port of Dover. ‘I am sure this intense cleaning regime will have a positive impact on our Port and wider environment.’
Tor M. Østervold, ceo, ECOsubsea adds, ‘I look very much forward to collaborating to broaden the services offered to vessels entering the Port and simultaneously contribute to a healthier water environment.’