Cleaning below deck, around engines, and in close quarters is difficult and often creates less than desirable results. Dry ice blasting is effective in removing grease, grime, oil, paint, barnacles, salt deposits, mold, mildew, and rust from interior and exterior surfaces. Completely removes algae, sea slime, mussels and anti-fouling paint from ship hulls, seawater intake valves, engine rooms, etc. Since dry ice sublimates on contact, surfaces are left clean and ready for paint, sealant or refurbishment.
Bridge pilings, sea walls, docks, processing plants, marinas and all structures that come in touch with water and sea life develop corrosion and buildups. In order to improve the longevity of equipment and structures dry ice blasting is proven to be a fast, effective and environmentally responsible solution.
Conventional methods for cleaning in a marine environment often involve sandblasting, hydro-blasting, and laborious and lengthy hours of sanding, scraping and grinding. These methods often create new problems due to their abrasiveness and effect on other surfaces and equipment. Containment systems may also be affected and extreme care must be taken for the environment. Dry ice blasting is nonabrasive and effective in cleaning surfaces without causing damage to the substrate. Unlike conventional methods, dry ice sublimates on contact and does not create any secondary contaminants or waste, making it much better for the environment. Since it is in fact “dry”, the dry ice cleaning process has little impact on containment systems.
Benefits include improved look and feel to surfaces and equipment, elimination of long hours spent sanding and scraping, shorter downtime of vessels and equipment, elimination of grit and sandy residue, and improved operation of vessels and equipment.