Does your vessel need a “Niche Cleaning” ?
In an effort to reduce invasive marine species into foreign waters, proof of an IMO Biofouling Management Plan may be requested by the authorities before entering Australia, New Zealand, and certain ports of the USA.
A Biofouling Management Plan provides evidence that proper underwater cleaning practices have been executed, especially to the more vulnerable “niche” areas of the vessel.
What are the “Niche” areas?
As opposed to flatter surfaces like the hull plating, biofouling (marine growth) tends to accumulate more densely in tighter areas of complex geometries. These “niche” areas also tend to be overlooked by other service providers as they can be hard to reach and usually out of direct sight.
What is required?
Accompanied by a thorough cleaning of the hull plating and propeller assemblies, niche areas need to be cleaned of any biofouling before entering certain ports around the world.
These areas include typical areas like sea chests, thruster gratings, appendages, turning gear and steering gear as per normal. However, additional areas include the internal areas of the thrusters, sea chests, discharges pipes, rope guard and rudder access doors. This may require opening and entering the sea chests, thrusters tunnel and rudder pintle doors. Correct identification, recording, removal and reporting of the all biofouling is crucial in fulfilling the necessary requirements.
Why choose us?
Thai Subsea Services is the leading underwater service provider in the nation with these high caliber vessel cleanings and can help develop a customized Biofouling Management Plan for your fleet.
We operate in full compliance with the official cleaning standards and have gained acknowledgement of our company practices from multiple governing bodies.
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