Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cruise Ship Application

Cruise ship industry: 

Infectious Diseases are a continuing threat for passengers on cruise ships. They cause suffering and death and impose an enormous financial burden on the companies. Antimicrobial drugs have saved millions of lives. However the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria, parasites viruses and fungi are threatening to reverse the medical progress of the past 60 years. Accordingly to health experts, one of the biggest threats facing man today is not war, but rather microbial resistant or a fast spreading deadly virus.
HOCL kills all known pathogens on contact. The above problems facing health institution may therefore be overcome by using HOCL.

There are potentially 2 broad fields of application of HOCL in Facilities:

Disinfection & sanitation of water, surfaces, tools and equipment
Specific treatment applications
Surface disinfection 

HOCL generated on demand, is used in spray bottles or with microfiber cloths for hard surface disinfection such as floors, doors, handrails, tables, baby cots, crutches, wheelchairs and hands.
HOCL fog is applied in positive / negative pressure operating theatres where airway ventilation is disinfected while transporting the flow.
Toilet facilities disinfection. HOCL is dispensed as a fine spray or with electrostatic sprayers in toilet facilities for hand washing and odor control.

Air Fogging (clean room)

Wide area room decontamination and aerosols.
It has been found that an aerosol supplying 10ml/m³ to 20ml/m³ HOCL with a droplet size of 10um or less is enough to decontaminate the treatment room after 15 minutes’ exposure. Ecolox SDS (Space disinfection System)

Linen disinfection in laundries 

Hospital launderettes use HOCL for the final rinse to disinfect bed sheets, maternity gowns, towels and other garments. Ecolox 240/Ecolox 1200

Infection and Hazardous Microbe control

HOCL will be a major weapon in the battle for infection control acting swiftly and safely against all classes of hazardous microbes. The fluid is non-toxic, made from environmentally safe and sustainable materials, and can be used for surface disinfection and decontamination as well as dosing into water systems.


The food production and processing areas are under pressure to supply an increasing quantity of wholesome, nutritious and quality assured product to passengers. Food safety is one of the highest concerns to the cruise lines and consumers.

The higher volumes of food products that need to be processed are progressively eroding optimal quality assurance. Existing sanitation procedures and remedies cannot accommodate the increase in plant throughput.

Furthermore, escalating microbial resistance to chemical biocides used in food processing is exacerbating the quality assurance and safety problems. The number of reported cases of food poisoning is on the increase despite enforced regulations and sophisticated management systems.
Coupled to the above, are increasing restrictions imposed through legislation by Governments, and purchase discernment form retailers and consumers, for healthier, effective and environmentally sustainable sanitation products and practices within food processing.
Usage of HOCL offers the cruise lines a safe, cost effective alternative to current cleaning and sanitation products. HOCL is a productivity and profitability enhancing quality assurance tool for the optimization of food processing.

Hygiene management
Hygiene comprises 2 basic steps:

Cleaning; removal of residual product, dirt and grim build up
Sanitation: disinfecting, elimination of microbial contamination. Ecolox 240/Ecolox 1200
In food processing, the aspect of hygiene management comprises further 2 components:

CIP; Cleaning in Place (fixed equipment that cannot be accessed easily)
COP; Cleaning out of Place (movable equipment, floors and other accessible surfaces.
Both CIP and COP require a process of cleaning and disinfecting
HOCL can be used for disinfection throughout the entire food production process, as well for application directly on food, thus offering a solution that addresses the hygiene of the total process. By using K2CO3 as additive instead of NACL and the system can be used for cleaning as detergent or surfactant.

The hosptality industry constantly strives to reduce contamination from bacteria, spores, viruses, fungi, yeast and mould.  HOCL can be used for the following applications:

The treatment and elimination of bio-film contamination in the kitchen area.
Microbial contamination is eliminated in fresh foods by including HOCL in the food preparation.
Cleaning-In-Place (CIP), of processing equipment, including pots, tanks, centrifuges, pumps, piping, filters, filler heads, pasteurizers and general surfaces.
The continuous decontamination of water, thus eliminating the introduction of microorganisms into the process through poor quality water.

Benefits for Food Processing

HOCL is safe to use as a final pre-process rinse.
Improved Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) of the food-processing environment.
Decontamination and sanitation procedures become chemical free.
HOCL has positive efficacy validation by a number of independent organizations.
HOCL technology generates biocide and detergent products simultaneously; solution properties can be varied according to specific requirements.
HOCL eliminates all known bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses, moulds and spores.
Costs associated with product returns are reduced.
Increased customer satisfaction.
Assured microbial and biofilm control in processing food reduces down-stream contamination of product.
Enhanced microbial and biofilm control provides confidence in offering Quality Assured Products and in conforming to HACCP requirements.
HOCL is approved for use in food processing by the US and European Regulatory Authorities.
Introducing HOCL to the processing techniques will not disrupt the current processing protocols.
Unlike traditional disinfectants and chemicals, HOCL is non-toxic and non-irritant to humans.
Spoilage by microbial contamination of products is reduced.
Shelf life of products is increased due to reduced microbial contamination.
Process hygiene management is greatly improved.
Containing only activated and ionized constituents of water and salt, HOCL is non-toxic, non-irritant, odorless and environmentally friendly
HOCL can be applied in the form of liquid, fog or ice.


There are two important processes in potable water treatment:

Water Purification – to remove particular contaminants from a water source
Water Disinfection – specifically, a purification process that kills or removes biological contaminants (cysts, bacteria, viruses, protozoans, etc.) from a water source. Ecolox 240/Ecolox 1200
Traditional chlorination systems can kill a range of pathogenic microbes, however, it has the following disadvantages,

It taints the water.
Is not effective against biofilms.
Is subject to pH effects and other inconsistencies.
Is easily neutralized by organic materials.
Fails to kill cryptosporidium and other protozoa.
Actually adds toxic chemical bi-products (such as trihalomethanes) to the water in the disinfection process!
It is increasingly unpopular with both scientists and the public due to its tendency to interact with other chemicals in (drinking) water and produce toxic and carcinogenic compounds.
Traditional chlorination depends on releasing several forms of chlorine (together referred to as ‘free’ chlorine) into the water. These are namely some chlorine itself, hypochlorite ion and hypochlorous acid.  HOCL is about 300 times more effective as a disinfectant than hypochlorite but the chlorination method only produces this in low levels.

Swimming pools

Problem: Periodical super chlorination of the pool destroys wet suits, attacks and irritates skin, without effectively killing the Pseudomonas bacteria. Rashes, burnt eyes and sinuses. Corrosion due to evaporation of chlorine gases. Strict storage, handling and transport regulation makes the use of chlorine expensive and not preferred. Usage of pH+ and other chemicals to keep pH of pool stable.
Solution: Dose an average of 1:1000 HOCL in the circulation water (after filtration and prior to the inlet of the pool) of indoor pools to keep the pool free of any bacteria. No more swimmers eyes or skin irritation, no chlorine smell. Ecolox 240/Ecolox 1200

Potable Water 

Problem: drinking water in remote areas mostly depends on local disinfecting of ground, rain or surface water and requires dangerous transport of chlorine. If transported over a long distance quality of drinking water is not stable for different users, as an overdose of chlorine has to be added to the drinking water to ensure no contamination during transport.
Solution: HOCL offers alternatives for transport of chlorine as well provide solutions to keep drinking water quality stable by local dosage of HOCL. Ecolox 240/Ecolox 1200

Sewage Water

AW added into the wastewater increases the surplus of electrons, which is needed for removal of heavy metals (industrial waste water treatment) or for the faster growing of the needed microorganisms (biological waste water treatment). AW is lowering the water tension and the growth of the organisms and the material exchange is significantly increasing. The efficiency of the biological cleaning is increasing significantly. The condition for the successful growth is a very low redox potential of the solution, the condition for stopping the growth is a very high redox potential.
HOCL is increasing the redox potential and by this way disinfects the water. High redox potential is destroying bacteria and Viruses. Wastewater will be disinfected before releasing in the natural environment. Ecolox 1200

Closed Water Systems

Effective for legionella control, water supplies can be continuously dosed with HOCL to prevent and help reduce biofilm formation often seen in hard water areas. Also, HOCL is periodically dosed to remove biofilms that have been known to protect legionella from other forms of disinfection. These water lines are maintained with HOCL to prevent biofilms reforming.
Elimination of bad odor, improving taste and turbidity. Ecolox 240/Ecolox 1200

- Ecolox