Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has developed a new range of marine cleaning solutions, which enable seafarers to meet standards for safe and hygienic working practices at sea.
WSS’ Unitor EasyClean Galley and Accommodation range was developed at Wlhelmsen Chemicals, a production facility in Kjøpmannskjær near Tønsberg in Norway,
The Unitor EasyClean products are designed to limit the negative impact on naturally occurring micro-organisms, while the Unitor Gamazyme cleaning and treatment products actively assist the breakdown of organic material to ensure wastewater systems function properly. The products will also help to reduce the amount of work days lost due to crew illness.
“The fact that we have our own marine chemicals factory here in Norway allows us to spend time on product R&D, in consultation with our customers,” said Shirin Fanaian, product engineer at WSS. “By considering market conditions and the challenges that seafarers face in today’s working environment, we can develop new products that meet the current regulations. The fact that everything is produced here means that we can offer a standardised range of cleaning materials that are available globally, but are simple and safe to use.”
All Galley and Accommodation products are supplied with easy-to-follow usage and dosage instructions, as well an e-learning programme, accessible to all crew members.
“Within the shipping industry, infectious diseases are recognised as an occupational hazard and are largely down to the close working and living conditions onboard,” said Rune Nygaard, product marketing manager, Marine Chemicals, WSS. “In addition, the lack of direct access to medical assistance can mean that the chances of a seafarer receiving proper and effective treatment are not as high as for those onshore.”
Nygaard added: “Because of the unique conditions that occur at sea, every vessel can be viewed as a self-contained eco-system. If cleaning standards onboard that vessel do not meet appropriate levels, problems can occur.”