After years of development, two graduates and a contribution from STW, the Fleet Cleaner is complete. The remote-controlled robot runs over the hulls of ships, both under and above water, in order to remove deposits. A clean hull can improve fuel efficiency by 5%. For 250m long container ships, this amounts to savings of €30,000 per year. The TU Delft start-up Fleet Cleaner will lease the robot to a service company in the port (probably starting in the Eemshaven), which will offer cleaning services to incoming ships.
More information: http://www.fleetcleaner.com