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Spectral Imaging Powered Ship Hull Biofouling Detection and Cleaning

Project description

A "pit-stop technician" for docked ships

The build-up of microorganisms, plants, algae and animals on submerged marine structures can alter the hydrodynamics of the ship, increasing drag, fuel consumption and emissions. There is currently no efficient way to evaluate the hull when the ship is in the water, and taking it out results in down-time that is costly for ship operators. Furthermore, if a ship is not taken out regularly for inspection, the likelihood of biofouling having progressed increases, resulting in the need for harsher cleaning methods that can damage the hull painting or coating. The EU-funded SleekShip project is developing a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle that will both detect slime at early stages using a multispectral camera and clean it softly with cavitation jetting. The operation can be done while the ship is docked at port for other operations or moored at sea. Commercialisation will enhance the competitiveness of ship owners while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films

Call for proposal

H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

SUBSEA TECH SAS
Address
Plage De L Estaque 167
13016 Marseille
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 695 867,38

Participants (4)

QCELL IKE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 383 202,75
Address
Nearchou 37
731 34 Chania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWI ELLAS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 667 018,75
Address
L Kifsias 280
15232 Chalandri
Activity type
Research Organisations
M. DANCHOR LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 357 014,88
Address
1St Halutzai Ha Taasiya St (Coal Terminal)
7710101 Ashdod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DANAOS SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 258 934,38
Address
Christaki Kompou 3
3011 Limassol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)