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In Session 6.2 Tor Østervold, Co-founder and CEO of ECOsubsea AS will be introducing the company’s revolutionary robotic hull cleaning system. The solution cuts operational costs, carbon emissions and reduces the spread of invasive species. 

Tor grew up in the west-coast municipality of Austevoll to the south of Bergen. He graduated from the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) in Haugesund with a BSc in Nautical Science, then went on take an MSc in International Shipping at Plymouth University in the UK. 

Tor then spent some years seafaring in industrial fishing. His experience working with aquaculture net cleaning in the early 2000s triggered an idea to apply sustainable cleaning technology to vessels in pursuit of enhanced performance efficiency. In 2008 he established ECOsubsea  together with his brother, Klaus, who now serves as CTO of the company. After four years of hard development work the revolutionary robotic hull cleaning system was finally ready to be put into commercial operation in 2013.  

ECOsubsea now has operations in the UK, Norway, France, the Netherlands and Belgium, with plans underway to expand to new locations globally. 


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