Fleet in Service – exploit its potential, control costs: “Shark”-Tech for stressed hulls

By Peter Pospiech at September 23, 2013 05:49
Filed Under: drive systems
Reduction of water resistance reduces fuel consumption Energy efficient shipping operation means also: Protection coating for hulls. The chemical industry, here particularly the manufacturer of paints and lacquers, but also classification societies, universities, environmental organizations and not to forget also the shipping companies, during the last years focused pretty strong on these factual circumstances. The nature was a role model: the shark and its skin structure. This super-fast hunter has an almost perfect surface structure: if one looks through a microscope its skin looks like imbricated denticle, which are arranged in such a way, that foreign substances, like e.g. barnacles do not have a chance to inhere. Chemical companies, like e.g. Bodo Möller Chemie, Hempels Paint or Wilckens Paint, have now been crowned with success: they developed high-performance protection coatings and sell them with success.   Fuel-eater algae and barnacle fouling on a hull Foulin... [More]

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