Self-disinfecting fleet makes a splash

Lindblad Expeditions’ rollout of self-disinfecting fleet has garnered intense interest

Squeaky clean now: Coating surfaces with ACT CleanCoat.

DENMARK - Following Lindblad Expeditions' rollout of its self-disinfecting fleet and the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the company that created the disinfectant, ACT.Global, is receiving intense interest from governments and the marine and hospitality industry, said its Marine Segment VP, Mr Lars Bang Pedersen.

Lindblad Expeditions is the first self-disinfecting fleet in the cruise industry to use of Premium Purity for all nine of its vessels, after a one-year trial on the National Geographic Explorer vessel.  

ACT.Global VP of the Hospitality Segment, Mr Mark Selawry, said: "MICE suppliers need to be able to confidently assure their delegates and guests that measures have been taken to reduce the risk of infections from pathogenic microbes. Incidentally, this (product) not only covers COVID-19, which is receiving a lot of current attention, but also gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus in F&B areas. Our solution, Premium Purity, provides sustainable, dependable and long-lasting hygiene benefits that reduce the potential for pathogenic outbreaks."

The surface coating component of Premium Purity, called ACT CleanCoat, decomposes volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene in the air as the air passes across the treated surfaces with normal ventilation. This means that not only are the treated surfaces "self-disinfecting", but the air gets purified as well. ACT.Global is also able to test surfaces for hygiene levels (microbial load), as an objective way for clients to declare to their guests, delegates and staff how safe the environment is.

Easy does it: say bye-bye to bleach.

Chemical free, the product uses the ACT ECA water system, created by electrolysis of salt and water, to clean the rooms which is harmless to guests, staff and the environment.

Lindblad Expeditions VP for Hotel Operations, Mr Bruce Tschampel, said "Our ships are truly pristine and healthy, and we already have measurable results to prove it from our initial pilot program on one ship. We reduced guest reported illness by 50%; eliminated over 1,000 plastic bottles of cleaning products; and dramatically reduced water usage by over 4 million litres per year. The crew is raving about how much healthier the ship is and how effective it is to use this solution," he said.

Two hotels have also invested in this product in Denmark, Hotel Herman K and Hotel Ottilia. Mr Karim Nielsen, CEO of Brockner Hotels, of the parent company, said: "We've been testing this system for two years. What really sold us on it was that it would make life so much easier for our staff."

Housekeepers now avoid applying chemical detergents and cleaners or breathe their fumes. They can vacuum, dry-clean linens, and wipe down surfaces, and CleanCoat does the rest. Rooms are cleaned faster without using chemicals that can cause allergic reactions.

Mr Nielsen estimated that each room costs 2500 Danish krone (US$372) to cover with CleanCoat but the hotels have reduced their labour load by 50%, and decreased water consumption and maintenance costs. This includes spillage from bleaching products.

Whilst scalability could become an issue as rooms need to be emptied of furniture to spray with CleanCoat for the formula to be reapplied each year, Mr Nielsen is looking at long term benefits. He said that innovations are most readily embraced when they help travellers maintain their existing habits on the road.  

"That's what's driving popular new amenities like customised lighting settings, healthier menus, air purifiers, and the like." He also said his staff are happier too and intends to roll out this system to the rest of the group's hotels.

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