EFTCoR pursuits the development of a new industrial technology for hull coating removal to be applied for ships maintenance. Present technology, grit blasting, is very pollutant and it is progressively being forbidden in most environmental sensitive European countries. Coating removal technologies must satisfy the requirements specified by most of ship owners (quality of the steel surface -SA2 1/2, SA2-). A considerable effort will be put on environmental care, concerning waste separation and disposal, coating removal material recycling, and use of less pollutant paints. To improve the working conditions and reduce vessel operation costs the cleaning process will be automated (substitution of manual tasks by a family of coating removal systems capable of working in a cooperative way).
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
NG7 2RQ Nottingham