Marine biofouling is a substantial challenge for shipping, offshore infrastructures and maritime technologies exposed to sea water. Niche areas of ships are typical hot spots for the accumulation of biofouling organisms.
About 95% of the global fleet uses antifouling coatings that contain copper oxide and biocides. They are undesirable for the environment and are under investigation as biohazards. Even the most commonly employed marine growth prevention systems (i.e., sacrificial anodic copper dosing and electrochlorination) have design and operational limitations that in turn can influence efficacy.
Additional research, aimed at better understanding the factors that influence niche area fouling and testing the efficacy of antifouling systems, will help further refine management strategies and reduce the bio invasion risks.
Ankron Water Services GmbH will support your company with your research for new green tech solutions to manage niche area fouling.