The company’s most advanced, next generation EverClean service robot has been launched by Greensea IQ.
The innovative improvements represent a significant leap forward in the realm of supervised reliable autonomy with Over the Horizon (OTH) operational capability for underwater hull maintenance.
EverClean is the first and only service ready to ensure that ship owners and operators can enjoy the benefits of an always clean hull, today. Whether it is in port, or through resident systems onboard the ship, the latest robots take full advantage of the 17 years of development in control, autonomy, and navigation Greensea IQ has to bear on the hull fouling problem.
The latest enhancements underscore Greensea IQ’s commitment to the global shipping industry and its efforts to reduce carbon footprints by managing marine biofouling in a completely new way.
OPENSEA is Greensea IQ’s extensively refined and modified software system that provides the next generation EverClean robots’ tremendous capability to deliver fast and efficient hull cleaning today.
The EverClean robot is packed with features like depth aided navigation, smarter obstacle avoidance, improved maneuvering and enhanced user interaction capabilities. They provide even more precise hull relative navigation than before, a crucial evolution in making the robots faster and more efficient in cleaning ships.
The EverClean robots can autonomously cover areas up to 50 square meters on a ship’s hull, significantly reducing the level of operator oversight required at the ship’s side, effortlessly detecting obstacles, and pausing only where required for human intervention. Keep out zones are more intuitively defined within the software and the likelihood of brush or coating damage, already very low, has been reduced even further.
The robot intelligence isn’t the only upgrade to the new EverClean robot though, it has also had significant improvements in the robot itself, starting by an increase in the brush deck size.
The EverClean robots will be able to double their production rate over that of the first EverClean robots meaning any given area can be cleaned twice as fast in half the ‘stick time’ (duration of operator supervision), optimizing cleaning efficiency and reducing operational drag for customers.
The EverClean robots also benefit from enhanced thrusters, markedly elevating responsiveness and control between operator and robot. These thrusters have already been proven to bolster the service robots’ stability, agility, and adaptability in dynamic conditions.
Not only this, but the thrusters have also been engineered for more efficient power utilisation and optimized distribution within the system. This means that the robots can do more with fewer amps of power, both significantly prolonging cleaning times on hull, while reducing recharging frequency to enable maximum robot availability.
With heightened demand for a cost-effective and sustainable solution to keep fleets perpetually clear of biofouling, it is also worth noting that the EverClean robots use fewer outsourced parts than predecessors, reducing production costs and improving manufacturability.
Fewer high-risk and sole-source components mean a smaller, more robust supply chain leading to shorter build times to meet increased market demand.
“We are extremely proud of the new system,” said Rob Howard, CGO at Greensea IQ. “The latest enhancements represent a major milestone in providing a reliable robotic solution to providing always clean hulls for ship owners and operators.
“The unrivaled capabilities and performance we can provide them with today, is a comprehensive solution that redefines efficiency and safety in underwater maintenance which not only meets the current demands for better performance and lower emissions of the industry, but also anticipates future needs.”