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Second Staten Island Ferry Ecospeed Application

Recently the underwater hull of m/v Sen. John J. Marchi, one of the ferries owned by Staten Island Ferries was coated with Ecospeed in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.   This is the second ferry owned by Staten Island Ferries that was given an Ecospeed treatment after m/v John Noblewas coated in Bridgeport, Connecticut last year. Ecospeed was also applied on one the company’s fuel barges in Staten Island, New York earlier this year and a third ferry is planned to be coated later this year.   Under normal operation, ferries have to drydock once a year to comply with classification regulations. During the busy tourist season these ferries need to be sailing so the best time for drydocking is the off season when there are fewer passengers. For this reason the majority of the ferries come into drydock for a short time during the winter months. The owner is then presented with bad weather conditions in which to perform repair work to the paint system, and often a quality paint job cannot be assured. It is therefore essential to reduce the maintenance and paint work that has to be done in drydock.   The use of Ecospeed on the hulls, however, opens the door to optimizing their fuel efficiency. Ferries sail on a fixed route, so the ports they visit and the turnaround time is known in advance. Knowing the exact schedule makes it possible to implement a stricter underwater maintenance program.  

Ecospeed: Ending Rudder Cavitation Damage Problems


Founded in 1893 Ernst Russ is a Hamburg based, family owned shipping company. For close to 120 years, Ernst Russ has been offering customers the highest standards in ship management. The company has a fleet of ten vessels including five ro-ro cargo ships. Due to their higher propeller revs, the rudders of these ro-ro cargo vessels suffered particularly from cavitation damage.     Grzegorz Girjat is Superintendent of Ernst Russ, responsible for the five ro-ro ships

Ecospeed Coating in Excellent Condition After Two Years

Image courtesy Kristof Adam

Ecospeed reported that when a 965-ft cruise vessel came into drydock in the Bahamas last month after sailing with the company’s hull coating for two years, less than 1% of the underwater hull needed touch ups and no new paint layers were required on the rest of the underwater hull. As a consequence the technical operations that needed to be carried out on the vessel were very easy to plan because no repaint needed to be added to the schedule

Ecospeed in Excellent Condition After Two Years

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When a 294-meter cruise vessel came into drydock in the Bahamas after sailing with Ecospeed for two years, less than 1% of the underwater hull needed touch-ups and no new paint layers were required on the rest of the underwater hull. As a consequence the technical operations that needed to be carried out on the vessel were very easy to plan because no repaint needed to be added to the schedule. Moreover, the vessel could leave drydock earlier than would have been the case if an extensive

Ecospeed Rudder Coating Protects for Life

Rudders: Image credit Ecospeed

Ecospeed gives a very thorough & lasting defense against cavitation & corrosion damage for a ship hull’s entire service life. The coating equally provides the rudder with an impenetrable protective layer while its flexibility enables absorption of the forces that are produced by cavitation. This prevents the damage normally caused by this phenomenon.   Without proper protection against cavitation and the resulting erosion and corrosion damage

Ecospeed Rudder Coatings in Demand

Applying Rudder Coatings: Photo credit Hydrex

Shipyards in China and Estonia treated the rudders of 8 vessels belonging to 5 different owners (4 of them return customers) in past two months. These owners, say Hydrex's Ecospeed, had experienced firsthand the devastating effect of cavitation on rudders coated with a traditional coating system. For this reason they decided to use Ecospeed to ensure lasting protection against corrosion and erosion damage for the rudders of their vessels for the remainder of their service life.

Full Line from Sigma Coatings

Sigma Coatings offers a wide range of products for the marine industry. An assortment of colors is available. The company provides specific coatings for each task - whether it be below the waterline anticorrosive coatings and anti-foulings to protect the hull, or cargo tank coatings to provide protection from corrosive chemicals and solvents. Potable water tank coatings must be non-toxic, and deck and superstructures require advanced coatings specifications to protect them from the effects of

Carnival, International Paint Strike Deal

International Paint LLC, an Akzo Nobel company, announced a long-term agreement with Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines to supply the company’s fleet with Intersleek 700 foul release coating system. The agreement comes after Intersleek 700 was successfully used in a pilot program by Carnival beginning in 2001 to test the coating’s extended life performance in preventing organisms from adhering to underwater hulls. The program was expanded over the next five years

ECOSHIELD Rudder Protection Launched

After more than 10 years of testing, Subsea Industries, a Hydrex company, has launched the rudder protection coating, Ecoshield, for permanent protection against cavitation damage for rudders. The glassflake reinforced coating protects the rudder for the service life of the ship without need for recoating or major repair and comes with a ten-year guarantee. Ecoshield is also suitable for bulbous bow, stabilizer fins, thruster nozzles and other underwater ship gear which needs special

Ecofix Filler Coat Cuts Rudder Repairs Cost

Subsea Industries’ Ecofix is a cost-effective solution for the repair of corroded or pitted steel surfaces

With an increasing trend for thruster and rudder manufacturers finishing their products with self-cleaning protective hard coatings, Antwerp headquartered Subsea Industries has introduced a filler coating for use with its award-winning Ecoshield hard coat system. Ecofix, specifically formulated to provide shiprepairers and Original Equipment Manufacturers with a cost-effective solution for the repair of corroded or pitted steel surfaces

Antifouling Copper Approval Ensures Savings, Performance

Photo: Jotun

Jotun believes the European Union’s decision to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings will ensure continued delivery of powerful benefits for both the shipping industry and environment. Copper is a key ingredient of most antifouling coatings

Ecospeed Pays Dividends for Interscan

The 3000dwt general cargo vessel Patriot was coated with Ecospeed in 2005 Photo Ecospeed

Trading in ice is the toughest challenge for a hull coating. Regular anti-fouling paints or simple epoxies are usually scraped off by the constant abrasion of the ice, and extra drydockings are needed to repaint, often after just one season.

Grand Bahama Shipyard: Investing in the Future

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MR spent time with Graham Couser, VP of Sales and Marketing, Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd. (GBSL), for updates and insights on how this yard is faring in the current market and investing for the future. As the largest ship repair yard in the Caribbean, Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited

Ecospeed Strengthens Polar Code Compliance

The operational success of the 1995-built RRS Ernest Shackleton is an exemplar of the Ecospeed coating’s performance (Image: Subsea Industries)

Subsea Industries has received an order for its specialist hull and rudder coatings for application to a shallow draught anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel under construction at Turkey’s Atlas Shipyard.    The hard-type coatings were selected amidst strong competition

Selektope Enters Antifoulings Mainstream

Photo courtesy of Selektope

The first branded marine coatings to feature the antifouling ingredient Selektope have been launched by coatings major Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd. (CMP).   Developed by I-TECH AB, Selektope’s pharmacological action is unique in the marine antifouling application

MN100: International Paint

Dave Heflin (Photo: International Paint)

The Company: For over 130 years, AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, International, has pioneered the development of market-leading coatings for the shipping industry. The firm prides itself in its commitment to innovation, continual investment in research and development and a resolute

MN100: Schottel GmbH

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The Company: The Schottel Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications. Founded in 1921, the company develops and manufactures azimuth propulsion and maneuvering systems

MN100: Tri-State Coating and Machine Co., Inc.

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The Company: Tri-State Coating And Machine Co., Inc. began operation in March 1987 with the goal of producing long-lasting parts to service the coal mine industry while creating jobs for a depressed economy. The company is located along the Guyandotte River just 15 miles south of Huntington

Embracing New Hull & Propeller Performance Criteria


ISO 19030 – to be published shortly – defines a set of fully transparent methodologies to measure changes in hull and propeller performance. As a leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel pioneered the performance guarantee based on achieving efficiency savings from maintaining a

DNV GL and Hempel to Cooperate for ISO 19030

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 As a leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel pioneered the performance guarantee based on achieving efficiency savings from maintaining a fouling-free and smooth hull.    Therefore, Hempel warmly welcomes the introduction of this internationally recognised and accepted set of

PPG Showcases Marine Coatings at SMM

PPG SIGMA SAILADVANCE is based on advanced technologies developed and patented by PPG that generate low friction, linear polishing, improved idle time tolerance and fuel savings. (Photo: PPG Coatings)

PPG’s (NYSE: PPG) protective and marine coatings business will showcase four of its’ premium marine coatings solutions at SMM event in Hamburg.   Amongst these is one of PPG’s most recent product innovations, the PPG SIGMAGLIDE 1290 fouling release coating

AkzoNobel Launches Biocide-free Fouling Control Coating

Switching to more sustainable shipping has been made easier for ship owners and operators following the launch of Intersleek 1000, a new biocide-free fouling control coating developed by AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.   Offering fuel and CO2 savings of up to 6 percent*

MN100: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings

(Photo: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings)

The Company: Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings is a global provider of protective and marine coatings, offering a complete line of time-tested, high-performance coatings technologies to combat corrosion, protect assets, enhance personnel safety, and improve aesthetics

MN100: Mascoat

George More (Photo: Mascoat)

The Company: Mascoat was founded in 1995 to provide a thermal barrier solution that has revolutionized how many vessel and ship manufacturers prevent condensation, radiant heat gain, and unwanted vibration. The company strived to independently validate the coatings’ abilities so that

Fresh Paint Job for the Queen Mary

The iconic steamship Queen Mary is being restored to its former glory with help from a fresh coating (Photo: AkzoNobel)

Restoration work has started on iconic steamship TS Queen Mary, which is in the process of being transformed into one of the U.K.’s largest interactive maritime exhibits.   Regarded as the vanguard of 1930s Scottish engineering, Queen Mary was built in 1933 and is the last of its

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