Tag: <span>Biofouling</span>

I-Tech upgrades regulatory position of Selektope in Japan
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I-Tech upgrades regulatory position of Selektope in Japan

I-Tech has been granted full approval for the antifouling active agent Selektope under the Japanese Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL) enforced by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of the Environment (MOE). Since 2013, Selektope has held a low production volume exemption in Japan....

40 per cent of vessels have ‘unacceptable levels of biofouling’
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40 per cent of vessels have ‘unacceptable levels of biofouling’

New research commissioned by Swedish biotechnology company I-Tech finds that 40 per cent of vessels have unacceptable levels of barnacle fouling. I-Tech contracted independent marine coating consultants, Safinah Group, to analyse underwater hull fouling condition on a sample of 249 ships which dry-docked over a four-year period between 2015-2019. The sample included all major ship...

UN unveils initiative to tackle invasive species and reduce emissions
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UN unveils initiative to tackle invasive species and reduce emissions

A new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) has been launched to tackle two of the most pressing environmental issues – invasive species and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The GIA brings together stakeholders in the private sector and the GloFouling Partnerships, a project led by United Nations entities to address the transfer of harmful aquatic species through...

Coronavirus, coatings and carbon
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Coronavirus, coatings and carbon

Way back in January this year, a time that seems like it was generations ago, shipping was facing up to a global, existential challenge – reducing its carbon emissions and the global climate emergency. The fateful day of January 1, 2020 had come and gone with less disruption than many had anticipated, with generally widespread...

Jotun launches Selektope-containing paint products
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Jotun launches Selektope-containing paint products

Norwegian paint-manufacturer Jotun has commercialised two new marine paint products containing I-Tech’s antifouling active agent Selektope. Selektope is an organic, metal-free antifouling active agent added to marine coatings to prevent barnacles from settling on the coated surface by temporarily activating their swimming behaviour with non-fatal effect. This unique antifouling active agent delivers high efficiency in...

Savvy owners get proactive on biofouling
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Savvy owners get proactive on biofouling

Off the shelf ship designs have passed their sell by date, says Mohamed Zaitoun, the MD of Zaitoun Green Shipping. Nowadays a new generation of owners are building ships tailored to both their exact operational needs and environmental performance ambitions. The right approach to biofouling, or rather to eradicating biofouling, is one small yet vital...

More proactive technology needed to combat biofouling
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More proactive technology needed to combat biofouling

The rapid pace of technological innovation has had a growing impact on the shipping industry.  But as owners and fleet managers face increasing pressure to improve environmental performance, new technologies will be necessary to ensure a profitable and sustainable future.  The impact of biofouling on ship fuel use and emissions has generated increasing attention. According...

Shipping’s clean up ACT – a proactive approach to realising the potential of clean hulls
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Shipping’s clean up ACT – a proactive approach to realising the potential of clean hulls

Dr. Mario Tamburri, director of ACT/MERC, argued that a huge win-win for both commercial shipping and the environment can be achieved with a holistic approach to biofouling and better in water cleaning of vessels. That includes ‘getting proactive’ on one of our industry’s most pressing challenges. Ask Professor Mario Tamburri a single question about vessel...

Biofouling demands urgent and proactive approach, stresses Bellona
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Biofouling demands urgent and proactive approach, stresses Bellona

The risks posed to both the environment and the sustainability of commercial shipping by biofouling should not be underestimated, according to Norwegian environmental pressure group Bellona. The issue, which has yet to be tackled by any meaningful international legislation, apparently poses a serious threat ‘triumvirate’. However, as Bellona points out, by tackling it head on,...

Wallenius Wilhelmsen commits 42 Ro-Ros to Jotun’s hull performance system
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Wallenius Wilhelmsen commits 42 Ro-Ros to Jotun’s hull performance system

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has signed an agreement with Jotun that will see 42 of its ro-ro vessels equipped with Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) antifouling coating system. HPS combines premium SeaQuantum X200 antifouling with technical and digital solutions to accurately measure hull performance. The antifouling works to increase vessel efficiency, cut fuel costs and reduce CO2...

Jan De Nul introduces GreenSteam machine learning
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Jan De Nul introduces GreenSteam machine learning

Jan De Nul, a provider of complex offshore services and dredging works, has chosen to deploy GreenSteam’s machine learning technology on its fleet of dredgers to increase understanding of fouling to reduce fuel costs and emissions. The companies have previously worked together on the GreenSteam Discover service, which uses a data only approach to analysis,...

Chugoku Marine Paints expands Selektope-containing antifouling range
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Chugoku Marine Paints expands Selektope-containing antifouling range

Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) has introduced a new antifouling coating containing the barnacle-repellent active agent Selektope. Selektope, which has been developed by Swedish company I-Tech, is an organic, non-metal compound that temporarily stimulates barnacle larvae’s receptors, preventing them from attaching to any ship’s surface. The effect lasts only a short time and is non-fatal. SEA...