Underwater Hull Cleaner


[INQ. NO. 2207E04] SLM Global Co., Ltd. is an innovative mechatronics startup focusing on underwater hull cleaning robots; the best solution for a ship’s biofouling.

The global shipping industry now has even greater interest in keeping hulls clean. If not prevented or treated properly, hulls are easily susceptible to the accumulation of marine lifeforms attaching, growing, and colonizing on them. The so-called biofouling causes more dragging, leading to more fuel burning and therefore emitting more greenhouse gases (GHG).

On the other hand, invasive aquatic species (IAS) spread with biofouling and threaten the biodiversity wherever fouled ships reach. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is about to introduce regulatory measures for these two major environmental objectives: decarbonization in shipping and biosecurity against IAS. And cleaning of hulls is the key for all.

Technology and Product
SLM’s CHIRO® is the best solution for underwater hull cleaning. It cleans hulls in a smart way. It is safe and effective for divers, quality cleaning, and reporting for charterers. Not only the environmental benefits, but also the saving in fuel covers a few folds of cleaning costs.

CHIRO utilizes its patented magnet wheels, dual delicately controlled brushes under a strong shell and skeleton. With such compact and robust design, fully electric-powered, 300m-long remote control and the best class-location tracking, SLM achieved the best performance at an attractive price.

CHIRO’s efficacy is proven by its regular customers such as the Korean Navy, Samsung Heavy Industry, HMM, and many professional diving firms like Pacific Ocean since its first release in 2020.

Business Status
SLM is now expanding its networks to overseas markets, starting with Indonesia this year.

The company participated in several reputable exhibitions in Korea, Germany and Greece, attracting amazing attention and subsequent inquiries, thanks to its fantastic combination of price and practical performance. And there is a tail wind blowing. IMO’s regulation of CII (Carbon Intensity Index) comes into effect from 2023. Hull cleaning will be thus be more strictly regulated in the near future. Such technology is rare but SLM’s CHIRO® is prepared and committed.

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