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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

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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 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.


Lloyd's Register Renews Ecospeed Certificate for Ice Ships

“Only a few types of coatings are capable of providing this protection,” says Subsea Industries CEO Boud Van Rompay (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Classification society Lloyd’s Register has renewed its certification of the Ecospeed hard coating as an approved abrasion resistant hull protection system for vessels operating in Polar waters. Upon receiving the new Certificate, Subsea Industries’ CEO Boud Van Rompay said: “Lloyd’s Register’s renewal confirms the lasting durability and strength of Ecospeed and is indicative of the increasing confidence classification societies have in hard-type protective


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


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


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


New Selektope Powered Antifouling Launched

I-Tech Managing Director Philip Chaabane (Photo: I-Tech AB)

A brand-new antifouling product containing the bio-repellent ingredient Selektope has been launched onto the global market. The increasing diversification in the range of Selektope-containing products available to ship owners suitable for different vessel requirements demonstrates the unrivalled


Earth, Wind & … Fire Protection

Fire Protection: Staff aboard a floating producer pass several coatings types. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen, Statoil)

Three years ago coatings giant Jotun was buying up real estate for U.S. market access and location savings. The effort to get closer to its shipping and offshore customer base is still underway with research aimed at protecting client assets in frontier areas like the arctic


Hempel Invests in Fire Protection Coatings R&D

Photo: Hempel

Coatings manufacturer Hempel announced that it is investing in a new research and development center focused solely on passive fire protection coatings. Located just outside Barcelona in Spain, the center is due to open toward the end of 2018.  


Researchers Study Hull Biofouling and Spread of Invasive Species

Photo: Subsea Industries

A new study seeks to determine the extent to which biofouling on ships’ hulls is contributing to the spread of invasive aquatic species in the Mediterranean Sea – a phenomenon commonly associated with ship ballasting operations.


Ecoshield Coating Option for ZF Thrusters

Photo: Subsea Industries

ZF Marine Krimpen is applying Subsea Industries’ Ecoshield hard coating to the nozzles and underwater components of its azimuth thruster units supplied to vessels operating in inland waterways.   The Netherlands-based company, a division of Germany’s ZF Group


WSF’s M/V Kaleetan on Board with Sherwin-Williams

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A total of 5,300 gallons of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings ensures that one of Washington’s most valuable assets will provide service for years to come.   With a longstanding history of ferry operation in the Puget Sound


Marine Coatings Evolve for the Better

High performance underwater hull coatings are always in demand, driven by continuous pressure to reduce operational fuel costs while staying environmentally compliant. (Photo: Sherwin Williams)

Innovation and new technology continue to shape the marine coatings market. A narrowing field of global coatings manufacturers offer new products while improving existing ones to meet customer demand. Ultimately, customer demand, along with environmental compliance pressures are all driving the


PPG Debuts New Coatings for Steel, Metal Applications

A tugboat underway with PPG PSX coatings. CREDIT: PPG

PPG has introduced PSX 800 and PSX 805 coatings for steel and metal surfaces, two next-generation products formulated with greater flexibility and hiding performance than competing polysiloxane coatings.   According to PPG, the two new products feature improved flexibility


Is Tin Returning in Silicone Hull Coatings?

Photo: Subsea Industries

The reemergence of organotin in marine hull coatings is of increasing concern, with academics and environmentalists calling on International Maritime Organization (IMO) to investigate the use of tin in silicone-based foul release systems and other ships hull coatings.  


AkzoNobel Launches Marine Coatings App

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AkzoNobel customers now have access to marine coatings data anytime, anywhere with the launch of AkzoNobel Marine Coatings’ International mobile app.   The app provides customers with increased convenience and flexibility in accessing the company’s wealth of


Hempel: New Coatings for Offshore Structures

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Hempel has launched two new advanced coatings specifically developed to protect the vulnerable “splash zone” areas of offshore structures. The “splash zone” is the area of an offshore asset (oil & gas platform or wind turbine


New Coating from UltraTech has Shipping Applications

Photo: UltraTech International

 Originally developed to keep military jet fighter canopies clean and free of rain, dirt and debris, the Gentoo coating from UltraTech International, Inc. has performed well in many other applications including corrosion resistance, camera lenses, windows and more.  


AkzoNobel Expands Coatings Research Facility

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AkzoNobel has completed the $3.5 million expansion of its U.S. research and development facilities in Houston.   Carried out in phases over a period of three years, the investment in the site – which employs around 40 scientists – will support the company’s Protective


Selektope Coatings for Stena RoPax Newbuilds

(Image: Stena Line)

Stena RoRo, who has four newbuild RoPax ferries on order at the AVIC yard in Weihai, China, has signed a contract to coat the hulls with paint that incorporates the bio-repellent antifouling ingredient Selektope. According to Selektope’s developer


Hempel Coats Luxury Cruise Ship Silver Muse

Silver Muse (Photo courtesy of Hempel)

Luxury cruise line owner and operator Silversea has appointed coatings supplier Hempel to deliver innovative coating solutions for its newbuild 40,700 GT cruise ship Silver Muse.   Silver Muse was built at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente and delivered on Monday, April 3.






 
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