This is the view of John Kennedy, a US entrepreneur and partner in South African maritime technology company Schomberg, which has co-developed a unique hull-cleaning machine - a vacuum cart that could revolutionise the shipping industry. The vacu-cart can be controlled by a diver or operated remotely.
Kennedy was reacting to a report in Network (May 29) announcing a decision by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) that it had given approval for the reintroduction of in-water hull cleaning of ships in port.
Advances in technology allow companies to combat biofouling during the cleaning of hulls by using in-water hull-cleaning services.
Schomberg has plans to manufacture under licence the Twister Vacu-Cart and Reclaim System in Durban, “creating much-needed employment”, Kennedy said.