The HullSkater is an innovative technology that proactively cleans the hulls of ships to keep them free from barnacles and other marine growth which reduce their energy efficiency.
If 25% of ships convert to using the technology, the designers claim their product will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 10 million tons per year by reducing the volume of fuel needed.
Other benefits include lowering the risk of spreading invasive species by early removal of hull fouling at the ship's port of origin.
Ships must first coat their hulls with the proprietary SeaQuantum Skate coating which is designed to resist being damaged by the HullSkater robot. The robot can be deployed any time the ship is anchored or docked. Its magnetic wheels keep it secured to the hull while it performs it's cleaning tasks.