Jotun, Kongsberg partner on HullSkater biofouling solution
(KONGSBERG, Norway) — Jotun and Kongsberg Maritime have partnered to develop a proactive hull cleaning solution designed to provide full operational flexibility and limited environmental footprint. Called Jotun HullSkater, this newcleaning machine is part of Jotun Hull Skating Solutions. This is the first solution developed for proactive bio-fouling control on ships and offers the potential to reduce fuel costs by around $3.6 million and CO2 emissions by 12.5 percent annually, on a typical vessel.
As Jotun’s strategic partner on the HullSkater project since 2015, Kongsberg Maritime has contributed to the technology and know-how including development of secure remote control, cloud-based data storage, battery technology, acoustics and composite materials. HullSkater also uses Kongsberg’s global communications infrastructure and Kognifai cloud ecosystem, both of which contribute to its ability to abolish significant performance losses caused by fouling and negate the need for waste collection.
Kongsberg Maritime is responsible for the industrialisation and manufacturing of HullSkater, which will take place at a new facility located close to its Sensors & Robotics campus in Horten, Norway. HullSkater will be supported by extended performance and service level guarantees, with global technical support from Jotun and Kongsberg Maritime.
HullSkater can inspect a 10,000-square-meter hull in approximately two hours. As a permanent member of crew, it is always on station, ready to clean all known fouling from the hull, which if left to accumulate causes increased drag leading to extra fuel consumption and emissions (GHG and CO2).