Experiencing dirty and stained glass surfaces on marine vessels that become virtually impossible to clean is a common problem. Fullers Ferries of New-Zealand were no strangers to it.
After running disappointing and unsuccessful trials with what is sometimes referred to as ‘nanotechnology’, they were approached by Brent Lewis of ClearShield Auckland in 2011 who brought them the solution they had been looking for. Over 4000m2 of glass on their entire fleet of 15 vessels have since been protected with the award-winning ClearShield® protection.
Mineral salts (sea spray) firmly bond to the surface of glass creating stains and making the cleaning process difficult if not impossible, time consuming, more frequent, and often yielding unsatisfactory results. This means higher cleaning costs and reduced visibility, impacting on passenger satisfaction, and sometimes reduced safety.
Note: images illustrating the renovation of marine windows in this article were taken on a cruise ship that had suffered similar contamination.
A very successful trial proved that not only did the ClearShield Eco-System™ restore the ‘as-new’ appearance of the glass without the need for very costly replacement, but it kept it that way year after year to the great satisfaction of passengers, crew and owners alike. The result was uninterrupted clear views for the passengers, greater safety on-board, lower costs and an improved presentation for the Fullers Fleet. In addition, ClearShield® protected glass does not require harsh cleaning agents, for a better environment.
Fullers Ferries certainly care for their passengers and for the environment. They initially contracted ClearShield Auckland to restore and protect all of their 15 ferries. In order to further reduce crew time requirements for the maintenance of glass, the contract was then extended to include yearly maintenance. In 2013, Easy Clean Glass Ltd took over the contract and successfully retained it through continuous astounding service and detail by its director, Trent Harrison.
Ritec, developers and manufacturers of the ClearShield Eco-System™, send their sincere congratulations to ClearShield Auckland and Easy Clean Glass Ltd for their professionalism and expertise. If you are also experiencing difficult maintenance and visibility on marine glass on cruiseships, ferries or super yachts, contact us now to discuss how we or our network of global partners can offer you a true and durable solution avoiding the cost of replacing the glass.