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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ecospeed in Excellent Condition After Two Years

October 27, 2011

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 repaint had been required. During the docking, visitors could see first-hand the advantages Ecospeed offers ship owners. Marine consultant Mike Novak, noted that he could clearly see that the required touch-ups involved only 1% of the total surface. He stated that he had never seen an underwater hull in better condition after being in the water for two years.

Ecospeed also improves the hydrodynamic characteristics of the hull and increases fuel efficiency. Because Ecospeed creates a smooth surface on the hull, the coating helps ships glide more easily through the water. Since the engines do not have to be pushed as hard to get from one place to the next, several cruise vessels coated with Ecospeed can actually run with reduced propulsion power. This helps to both save energy and conserve fuel.

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