Hamburg-based Schulte Group has acquired a majority stake in TecHullClean Limited (THC), a Singapore registered underwater inspection, repair and maintenance technology company headquartered in Singapore and Algeciras, Spain and with further subsidiaries in Spain, Gibraltar and Ghana.
THC specialises in underwater hull cleaning, inspection and propeller polishing services that are compliant with local regulations as it prepares for the International Maritime Organization Marine Environment Protection Committee’s Guidelines for the control and management of vessels’ biofouling to minimise the transfer of invasive aquatic species.
THC’s founder, Paw Rene Jakobsen, who has been a key player and well-known figure in the commercial diving industry for 35 years, will assume the role of chief executive officer at THC following the transaction.
Committed to the success of THC, Mr Jakobsen said, “The team at THC is proud that the Schulte Group has become our partner and we look forward to benefiting from their global presence. We have already concluded licence agreements in Qatar, Brazil, Algeciras, Gibraltar and Ghana and look forward to further expanding our innovative cleaning technology to other ports.”
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