New hull-cleaning system wins environmental award

A new invention that eradicates bio-fouling of large marine vessels has been awarded the prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence for 2014.

Last Thursday Mines and Petroleum minister Bill Marmion presented the environmental award to Franmarine Underwater Services and the Department of Fisheries for their collaboration on an in-water, hull cleaning system.

Department of Mines and Petroleum Mineral Titles executive director Dr Ivor Roberts explained why the project stood out to the selection committee.

“The in-water hull cleaning system excelled at all four criteria against which the Golden Geckos are assessed,” Roberts said.

“It focuses on prevention rather than cure when it comes to eradicating bio-fouling.

“The system promotes a preventative risk-management approach to biosecurity, and a clean-hull operating policy for Western Australian waters.

“The project has the ability to remove marine bio-foulant down to a size of 50 microns, which is well below the industry standards and requirements.

“Further, as there are no dry docks in Western Australia, using the in-water hull cleaning system means ships don’t have to travel to Singapore to be dry docked and cleaned which also keeps down costs and helps keep jobs local.”

A Golden Gecko Certificate of Merit was also presented to GeoOceans for their project, GO Visions Marine Habitat Mapping and Monitoring Technology.

The GO Visions technology enables rapid assessment and monitoring of large areas of coastal marine habitats following an oil spill.

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