29 Oct 2014
Sohar fifth port to offer innovative HullWiper system
Sohar, Oman – Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted HullWiper permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free system at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. It is the fourth port in the Middle East at which the revolutionary Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is now available to provide fast, efficient, safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning services for ships.
This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing HullWiper network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in Sweden.
The green hull cleaning solution uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface. Residues and harmful marine growths captured during cleaning are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner instead of being discharged into the sea as done using traditional methods. Further, the cleaning operations can be carried out while the vessel is alongside for loading or unloading and, as it does not use divers, the risk to human life is eliminated.
HullWiper Managing Director Simon Doran says: “Sohar was a natural choice for the next base for HullWiper due to its strategic location just outside the Middle East Gulf and close to international trade routes. As such, it is a port of call for many ships carrying general cargo, liquid shipments and containers – all of which can benefit from the increased efficiency and cost-savings that come with a foul-free hull.”