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Pilot agreement signed for fuel-saving 'car wash for ships' in Rotterdam

Port Authority to evaluate whether Rotterdam would be a suitable location for WhaleWashing's ship hull technology.



Stefano Peruzzi (right), WhaleWashing co-founder, and Paul Smits (left), Port of Rotterdam's CFO, signed a pilot agreement to make Rotterdam the first port to use WhaleWashing's technology. Image credit: WhaleWashing BV


Updated on 15 Jun 2018 09:42 GMT

Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with WhaleWashing B.V. - developer of an innovative technology to clean ship's hulls.

Dubbed 'the car wash for ships', WhaleWashing was one of a number of startups selected for the PortXL 2018 accelerator program designed to help the businesses find new clients, investors and achieve growth.

The 100-day, mentorship-driven accelerator program started in Rotterdam on March 12 and ended with a final 'shakedown' presentation to outline the company's progress on June 14.

WhaleWashing's technology is said to be able to clean ship hulls between 10 and 400 metres long, resulting in improved power consumption and lower bunker costs.

The contract signed with Port of Rotterdam Authority is intended to examine whether Rotterdam would be a suitable location for what the Dutch port describes as "the world's first car wash for vessels".

WhaleWashing co-founder, Stefano Peruzzi, and Port of Rotterdam's chief financial officer (CFO), Paul Smits, signed the pilot agreement to make Rotterdam the first port to use WhaleWashing's technology.

Port Authority CEO Allard Castelein remarked: "Rotterdam is a pioneering port. This means that we constantly work to determine how we can do things smarter, more efficiently, better and more sustainably. A programme like PortXL is important because it offers global innovators all kinds of scope, opportunities and support, enabling them to continue working on the port of the future during their time in Rotterdam."






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