Tas Global Develops Hull Cleaning Robot

‘Tas Global’ commercializes world’s first hull cleaning robot system.

The hull cleaning robot attaches to ships underwater and on the water surface. It is the only robot capable of cleaning while moving freely on curved surfaces.

Tas Global, led by CEO Kim, Yusik, said the robotic cleaner is contributing to environment-friendliness of the maritime industry.

We have commercialized an economical and environment-friendly underwater robot cleaning system – the first in the world.”

The robot is operated by various sensors and 8 cameras facing all directions. While the robot’s body weighs 200kg, it moves by maintaining positive buoyancy. A portable filtration system connected to the robot’s body cleans microorganisms and microparticles in 3 stages.

The company was selected as the supervisor of the research project ‘Development of Technology for Processing Organisms Attached on Ship’s Hull” executed for the ‘clean sea, rich fish field’ national policy assignment of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

In this project, supported with 16.3 billion KRW during 5 years, institutions including Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering(KRISO), Korea Register(KR), Korea Maritime Institute(KMI), Korea Testing & Research Institute(KTR), Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute(KOMERI), Snsys, Proxy Healthcare, Safetech Research, etc. jointly participated.

The commissioned institutions are Korea Maritime University, Changwon University and Gyemyeong University, while the beneficiary organization is HMM.

Additionally, as an international treaty on cleaning ships in water using new technologies would be drafted and enacted jointly by International Maritime Organization(IMO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) within 3 years, the successful performance of this assignment has become crucial than ever.

Prior to this, Tas Global joined the international industry association of IMO’s The GloFouling Partnerships Project as the first in East Asia to set its environment-friendly robot technology as an international standard.

When the international treaty established, maritime shipping companies must have organisms attached to the underwater body of ships removed and maintain the organism attachment at a state below a certain level (minor seaweeds).

Tas Global is evaluated as the most competitive, being the only company that has developed and commercialized a robot technology that attaches on the ship’s surface and moves without slipping. It registered over 30 patents in 16 countries, namely the US and Europe.

Safety of industrial divers of highest priority, “will prepare an environment-friendly ship cleaning standard”

Robot work applies to large areas and standardized works, but underwater repairs occur on small areas and are of irregular nature, where divers focus on these works requiring precision.

Tas Global has signed a contract with HMM on robotic underwater ship cleaning and diving works in 2020 and has continued until today. Tas Global is also closely working with international major shipping companies such as CMA CGM, and Inchcape.

To contribute in the environmental friendliness of maritime industries, we have completed the world’s best-class economical and environment-friendly underwater robot cleaning system,” said Mr Kim.

Tas Global will contribute to the development of shipping industries by providing the standards for environment-friendly underwater ship cleaning in the future as well.”