Hamburg-based shipowner and shipmanager Schulte Group has bought a majority share in underwater inspection, repair and maintenance company TechHullClean.
The service company specialises in hull cleaning, inspection and propeller polishing. It has secured licence agreements for its hull cleaning technology in Qatar, Brazil, Algeciras, Gibraltar and Ghana.
Regulations to protect marine environments are currently introduced at a local level, although IMO is in the process of adopting new guidelines for the control and management of biofouling to minimise the transfer of invasive species.
Schulte Group chief financial officer Tobias Pinker said “The authorities have been focusing more on the environmental aspects of the biodiversity, due to invasive species, so we are glad this joint venture has been established.”
TechHullClean chief commercial officer Shaun Harbinson said “The underwater cleaning industry has historically been very fragmented, with small players offering inconsistent services. With the Schulte Group and the THC team combining their forces, we are able to expand our technology quickly into other regions.”
TechHullClean founder Paw Rene Jakobsen will become the hull cleaning company’s chief executive. “The team is proud that the Schulte Group has become our partner and we look forward to benefiting from their global presence,” he said.
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