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04 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 01:59 GMT+2

March 2, 2020

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HMM will use underwater robots to clean ship hulls

Agreement with South Korean TAS Global Co.

South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has signed an agreement with compatriot TAS Global Co., company specializing in the design and manufacture of robots submarines used to clean the hulls of ships. Announcing the agreement today, HMM explained that the goal is to to use underwater means to clean the hulls fleet units in order to both prevent the risk accidents related to the use of employees to carry out these activities are to help protect the oceans. Remembering that many nations are banning cleaning in water ship's hull due to the high risk of transfer through the oceans of invasive aquatic species as well as possibility of releasing cough paintings into the sea harmful to the marine ecosystem, the South Korean company underwater robots are designed to capture encrustations of the hull and transfer them to treatment on the ground through a filtering system that is connected to their main body, thus avoiding the risks of contamination of the marine environment.

In addition, HMM predicts that the use of underwater robots will reduce cleaning costs by up to 40% hulls, thanks to a decrease in working hours, and more effective cleaning without running into the damage to the hull.

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