Mersey Maritime is helping to ensure the safety of vessels in the River
Mersey after linking up several like-minded companies within the region's
maritime industry to help solve the age-old problem of how to keep a ship's
window clean from salt spray.
Mersey Maritime has helped to tackle the problem on the Mersey, by introducing a
number of major companies to Preston-based company Kleentec Marine. Thanks
to their clear non-stick glass treatment, which makes water and salt spray
literally run off
the glass, vessels that use the Mersey, have been able to
improve their resilience to the elements.
Dave Pendleton, business development director
for Mersey Maritime said:
"When I heard about the technology behind the Kleentec Bridge Window Safety
System I knew it was something which would benefit our members. Now, a
number of major businesses in Merseyside are using the system, including the
one of the world's largest ferries, the P&O Stena Adventurer, which recently
underwent conversion work at ABP in Garston.
, former purser's officer with P&O and the managing director
of Kleentec Marine, explains the technology behind the product: "To the
naked eye, glass appears to be smooth, but the surface is covered in tiny
pits and craters which hold onto water, dirt and salt. By chemically bonding
an invisible polymer layer onto the glass, the water and dirt, can't reach
the surface and with regular treatments, the glass stays sparkling clean -
so clean that there is no need for a vessel to even use wiper blades in
heavy weather conditions." If proof were needed, glass treatment was
applied to the P&O European Pioneer ferry
, which runs from Fleetwood to
Larne four months ago, and since then, the captain hasn't needed to switch
on the wiper blades.
One of the Liverpool companies to benefit from the technology is Adsteam
Towage, based at North Huskisson Dock. Their Manager David Waterhouse said:
"When Nigel showed us the system the safety benefits and cost savings were
so obvious that we had no hesitation in fitting it to our entire fleet."