Greensea IQ, a leader in intelligent robotics and maritime solutions, has announced the launch of its most advanced, next generation EverClean service robot. The company says 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.
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 manoeuvring 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 new EverClean robot also has 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), optimising 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 as well as deliver more efficient power utilisation and optimised 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,” says 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 unrivalled 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.”
These latest advancements in the robot follows EverClean’s recent launch of EverClean I, which leverages intelligent data collected during cleaning operations. Equipped with cutting-edge sensors and cameras, the robots can record brush pressure feedback which can be cross-referenced with prior readings using the highly accurate hull relative navigation system. This allows the EverClean IQ system to build a unique data set on each of the hulls it services. More than just a very accurate 3D, XYZ-referenced hull map, this data set is also an ever-evolving knowledge base of areas of the hull where biofouling happens faster or more slowly, informing future coatings management and enhancing future robot cleaning efficiencies.
EverClean IQ not only manages this data for its own future use but also transforms it into clear, concise reports for customers, offering insights into hull conditions over time through a user-friendly interface.
As part of EverClean’s mission to establish a global standard for consistently clean and environmentally safe hulls, EverClean IQ aims to build the most comprehensive dataset on ship hull fouling. This initiative includes developing a digital validation process for clean hulls, empowering vessel owners with accurate information for informed decisions on maintenance and performance.
Taking pride in introducing a solution that it believes not only meets current industry demands but also anticipates and addresses the evolving needs of underwater maintenance, Greensea IQ is confident EverClean will play a pivotal role in establishing a new worldwide standard for consistently clean and environmentally safe hulls.