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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

Coatings Put To Test To Keep Ships Cool

Every Sailor who has made a deployment to the Persian Gulf can agree on one thing: it's blistering hot. At least two out of every three Navy ship deployments are made to high-temperature areas. Sustained operations in searing weather increase stress on both equipment and crew. To help lessen the load on shipboard cooling systems, NAVSEA's Corrosion Control Division (SEA 03M) is testing a new derivative of the anti-stain paints already being tested by the Navy — an anti-stain paint that

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

Pettit Paint Debuts Antifouling Line for Yachts

  Pettit Marine Paint, leading manufacturer of high performance marine coatings, announced today the release of the all-new superyacht antifouling system, the Pettit XL line. Consisting of the top-selling antifouling products in Pettit’s line

UK's First Boat with Duplex Silicone Coating


  A Blyth Workcat patrol boat nearing completion for the Kent and Essex Inshore Fisheries Conservation Area (KEIFCA) has become the first vessel in the UK to be treated with Duplex fouling release. The silicone coating is manufactured by Fuji Smart Surfaces and was chosen by KEIFCA for its

New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system meets classification society rules for extended shaft withdrawal periods (Image: Thordon Bearings)

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.   China Classification Society (CCS), for example

PYI Debuts KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System

KiwiGrip is currently available worldwide through various distribution channels

  PYI, a premier manufacturer and distributor of high-quality marine, boat, yacht, and shipping equipment and supplies, announced today that it is the provider of the KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System worldwide. Providing a beautiful, high-traction surface, KiwiGrip is a revolutionary

PPG Announces Executive Appointments

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  PG Industries today announced executive appointments effective June 1. Vince Morales, currently vice president, investor relations, will become vice president, investor relations, and treasurer. Morales will report to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Frank Sklarsky

Hempel Celebrates 100 Years

Pierre-Yves Jullien, Group President and CEO, Hempel (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel kicked off the group’s centenary celebrations and invited customers from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania to a party in Athens’ Acropolis Museum on Saturday, May 9.   Hempel has had a permanent presence in Greece since 1952 as Hempel Hellas General Manager

DNV GL, Jotun Cooperate on Hull Performance

From left to right: Dr. Torsten Büssow, DNV GL’s Head of Fleet Performance Management; Albrecht Grell, Director of the Maritime Advisory division at DNV GL; Geir Boe, Vice President Marine Coatings at Jotun; and Stein Kjølberg, Global Sales Director, Hull Performance Solutions at Jotun.

DNV GL and the Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun signed a cooperation agreement to work on improving hull performance at Nor-Shipping today. The project will bring together two performance management services, Jotun’s Hull Performance Solution and DNV GL’s ECO Insight solution


Photo: PPG

Solvent-free product offers a single-coat solution for rapid cure and return to service, suitable for a wide range of oil products and chemical cargoes.  PPG Protective and Marine Coatings has unveiled NOVAGUARD 810, a specialized tank storage coating which provides outstanding resistance

Jotun to Update Performance Guarantees

The 17 National Standardization Bodies represented on ISO’s Marine Environment Protection Sub-committee (ISO-TC8-SC2) has voted in favor of circulating ISO 19030 parts 1 and 2 as Draft International Standards. In anticipation of final approval of the standard expected next year

UK Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship Gets a New Coating

On December 2, 2013, HMS Protector conducted a base inspection on the Ukrainian Vernadsky Research Base. The base was renamed Faraday Station in August 1977 in honor of British scientist Michael Faraday until Ukraine took over the operation of the base in February 1996. (Photo: UK Defense)

U.K. Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector is deployed on operations for 330 days a year, mostly in the Antarctic region, making it essential that her underwater hull is protected against the harsh icy conditions she faces.   At the end of May

PPG Debuts New Antifoulings

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Low-friction, self-lubricating coatings use patented technology to deliver reduced fuel consumption and improved tolerance to idle time.   PPG Protective and Marine Coatings announced the launch of SIGMA SAILADVANCE, a new range of antifoulings suitable for a variety of operating conditions

AkzoNobel’s Carbon Credits Methodology Wins Award

Trevor Solomon (Photo: AkzoNobel)

AkzoNobel’s landmark carbon credits methodology for the shipping industry has won the Best Offsetting Project award in the 2015 Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings.   Based on nominations from leading stakeholders within the voluntary carbon markets

NSF Certification for PPG's Products, Coating Systems

Diane M. Kappas Vice President, Protective and Marine Coatings, Americas

  PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business announced that four individual coatings and primers and two combined coating-and-primer systems have been certified by NSF International for water-tank applications. The new NSF certifications for PPG PMC products include

Fouling Release Boosts Hull Performance

Bulk carrier being sprayed with Duplex in Chinese yard

A silicone coating that keeps hulls free of marine growth while boosting the vessel’s performance and fuel economy will be featured on the Fujifilm Smart Surfaces stand at Marine Maintenance in Antwerp.   The Duplex fouling release system was developed by the U.S

350 Vessels coated with HEMPAGUARD Product


   Just two years after its launch, leading manufacturer of marine coatings – Hempel – announces that its revolutionary award winning antifouling product HEMPAGUARD has now been applied as a full vessel coating to more than 350 ships.  

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