Biofouling as unwanted growth on ship hulls by microorganisms, plants, algae and animals contributes to the introduction and spread of non-native species. It also increases the flow resistance and weight of the ship and increases its energy consumption. Conversely, effective anti-fouling protection can improve the hydrodynamic properties of ships, save fuel and lead to reduced transport costs and a reduction in environmentally harmful emissions. Accordingly, the use of effective anti-fouling systems makes sense from an economic point of view and in the interest of the environment.
Since the IMO Convention on Anti-fouling Systems entered into force in 2008, the use of certain substances in anti-fouling paints has been prohibited, such as tributyltin (TBT) and other highly toxic organotin compounds. Alternative paints are now offered by many stakeholders. The development and testing of efficient and environmentally friendly antifouling strategies and systems is also the subject of current research.
The Competence Centre GreenShipping Lower Saxony together with the Maritime Cluster Northern Germany (MCN) has commissioned EurA AG to prepare a market survey. This should show all players who offer solutions against biofouling on ship hulls or who are doing research in this field. Companies, universities and institutions will be able to find suitable cooperation partners for various projects in the field of growth-inhibiting technologies and techniques more quickly and easily. The aim of the most complete overview possible is to increase market transparency as well as to support research and development, thus enabling faster and more targeted progress.
Call: Your contact recommendation for the market overview
One of the main focuses of your company's work lies in the topic area described above? Your product, service or research can be used as a solution against biofouling on ship hulls? Or do you know an organisation that should definitely be included in this overview because it is working on, researching or already offering such a solution? We look forward to receiving your recommendations and suggestions to EurA AG by 29 February 2020.
Dr. Rainer Henking
EurA AG, Hamburg
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