This underwater robot cleans ships to cut emissions and protect marine ecosystems

Ships are seen in the harbour.

The robot ship cleaner is being hailed as a breakthrough in the battle against marine fouling. Image: JOTUN

Douglas Broom
Senior Writer, Forum Agenda
Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Fourth Industrial Revolution is affecting economies, industries and global issues
A hand holding a looking glass by a lake
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:


Have you read?
What a drag: biofouling on the underside of a ship. Image: Jotun
HullSkater robot at work on a ship’s hull Image: Jotun
Build your own: instructions for a Lego version of the HullSkater Image: Jotun

What's the World Economic Forum doing about the transition to clean energy?

Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

Sign up for free

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
UpLinkFourth Industrial RevolutionTechnological TransformationEmerging TechnologiesThe Davos Agenda 2021Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2021
World Economic Forum logo
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Innovation is crucial for tough-to-decarbonize industries. Here’s why

Stéphanie Thomson

September 21, 2023

About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join Us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum