Successfully protecting our oceans is an effort that will require strategic collaboration and the absolute commitment of stakeholders from around the world.

ECOsubsea, the Norwegian developer of a ground-breaking new hull-cleaning technology for seagoing vessels, has won the 2013 Orcelle Award. The award, which was established by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics in 2008, is presented each year for innovative solutions in zero-emissions maritime transport and logistics.

Since 2012, WWL has partnered with the Ocean Exchange of Savannah, Georgia, to extend the reach of the Orcelle Award programme.The nonprofit Ocean Exchange organises an annual networking event that invites industry leaders to learn about the innovations being showcased and vote for them.This year’s Orcelle Award winner is a ground-breaking new hullcleaning solution – a remote-controlled mini-submarine equipped with a unique cleaning and debris collection technology.Tor Østervold, CEO of ECOsubsea, the company behind the solution, says:

“The ECOsubseahull-cleaning system allows shipowners to clean their vessels in an environmentally responsible way while in port and conducting cargo operations. Uniquely, it offers ahigh collection rate for biofouling debris and preserves the hull coating during cleaning. It also offers improved levels of safety due to the reduced need for divers.

“Before even winning the award I was proud to have been named as one of the nominees in such a strong field. The WWL Orcelle Award is extremely prestigious in our industry so being connected with it and having the honour of actually bringing it back to the office is fantastic.”

Roger Strevens, WWL’s Vice President Environment, believes that the ECOsubsea system will make a real difference to the future of shipping.“The ECOsubsea system is one of those rare innovations that motivates interest in its use for both environmental and commercial reasons. On the environmental side, it reduces invasive species risk and emissions, while, from a commercial perspective, it helps reduce fuel consumption and is easy on the anti-fouling coatings of vessel hulls,” he says.

Ray Fitgerald, President of WWL Americas, summed up the importance of the Ocean Exchange during a speech he gave at the event. “Successfully protecting our oceans is an effort that will require strategic collaboration and the absolute commitment of stakeholders from around the world,” he said.

“The Ocean Exchange brings together global thought leaders from industry, government and academia at the nexus of technology and innovation.”


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