As a member of an international consortium, QCELL awarded a prestigious EU grant, the EIC- Fast Track to Innovation 2018-2020 “Spectral Imaging Powered Ship Hull Biofouling Detection and Cleaning”. Within the context of this program QCELL developed a Spectral Imaging Camera for detecting and guiding cleaning of biofouling in ship’s hull. For more info, please visit:
SleekShip comprises a Semi-Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (SAUV) carrying the SpectralSea camera that captures light wavelength bands where light backscattering is less and the slime is easier to distinguish despite contamination. The inspection can take place in port waters while the ship is docked for other operations thus no additional charter-off time is incurred. An integrated cavitation-based cleaning tool allows for 100% paint-safe cleaning. The Project offers a sustainable way to mitigate biofouling by detecting it at an early stage (Level of Fouling – LoF 1), while it can still be cleaned with soft methods that do not damage hull paint or coating.
The consortium comprises SubseaTech, a dynamic manufacturer of underwater robots, QCELL, a high-tech SME specialising in hyperspectral imaging, M.Danchor a leading cleaning and inspection services company, TWI, the global leader in image-based underwater inspection technologies and Danaos, a NYSE-listed containership owner.