Belt-Scrubbing Apparatus

Oral Answers to Questions — Merchant Navy – in the House of Commons on 14th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Rankin Mr Robert Rankin , Liverpool Kirkdale

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what progress is being made with the supply of the new belt-scrubbing apparatus, which in certain cases enables steamers to be de-fouled afloat without incurring the delay and expense of dry docking?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

This apparatus has been developed by my Ministry in consultation with the inventor. Its purpose is to de-foul vessels abroad which, by reason of their long- stay in tropical waters, have lost speed through marine growths and which cannot be dry-docked overseas without delay. The use of this emergency apparatus enables the vessel to be scraped, so that she can return at an adequate speed to the United Kingdom or elsewhere. The vessel can then be dry-docked in the normal way. A number of sets are already in operation overseas, and further supplies are being sent to parts where they are most required.