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Smart wiper choice for Channel Island freight service.

Thursday, 12th September 2019

Ship operators are becoming ever more demanding in their need for durable and sustainable equipment to drive both operating costs down and make them more competitive.

This means that marine equipment manufacturers have had to consider the lifetime of the materials used and design for product longevity to give their customers future proof options. A good example is DuroWipers, which came into existence with this mindset from conception.

One of its latest customers is the Channel Islands first inter-island daily freight service, Iris Freight CI, which has equipped itself with DuroWiper pantographs to allow it to operate in demanding weather conditions 364 days a year.

Iris Freight CI purchased its first set of Class 50 DuroWipers at Seawork International this year having been impressed with the company’s high-performance products on display at the show back in 2018.

“I run a commercial business and cannot afford to have any downtime due to visibility and bad weather, so making the right equipment choice is imperative,” said Captain David Nuth, Co-owner and founder of Iris Freight CI. “Most of our work is undertaken at night and we use infra-red and spotlights. But getting a wiper system that is functional is also fundamental. The sea conditions that we encounter here can be ferocious. You can spend thousands on new engines and equipment but there is little point if you can’t see where you’re going.”

Captain Nuth bought ex CTV Channel Chieftain V from Pat Carling of Carling Charters when he set up Iris Freight in 2015. Prior to fitting DuroWipers, he had to replace the wiper systems on the vessel three times.

“Standard wipers are just not up to the job,” said Captain Nuth. “I’m a firm believer that you get what you pay for. For me DuroWipers have transformed my job. The previous wipers only cleared part of the screen and I was replacing blades and arms at a rate of knots.”

The DuroWiper Class 50 systems are built to clear the entire windscreen and can operate at two different speeds for optimal performance.

“These wipers are built to last so they will pay for themselves in the long-run. They also come with a three-year guarantee which is unheard of in the market and excellent after-sales service.”

Iris Freight started out three years ago as the medium to transport all of the Island’s newspapers from Jersey to Guernsey, but it now transports everything from farm machinery to foot passengers. Captain Nuth said that his company is continuing to grow exponentially and hopes to expand in future. 

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