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Fouling control using air bubble curtains : protection for stationary vessels

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by A Scardino, L Fletcher, John LewisJohn Lewis
There is an increasing need by the marine industries for effective non-toxic control of fouling. One of the major limitations of new fouling release coatings is that they cannot protect structures whilst stationary and will not release certain fouling organisms when vessels are operating at low speeds. This is a major problem for slow or infrequently moving vessels and for vessels docked in tropical waters where fouling pressure is extreme. This paper describes novel technology (provisional patent # 2008905482) to protect vessels whilst stationary using air bubble curtains. The results of several panel tests and one hull patch trial demonstrate that this technique is a simple, cost effective means to complement fouling release coatings whilst vessels are in dock.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Issue

A13

Start Page

3

End Page

10

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

2046-4177

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (Australia); ES Link Services Pty Ltd, Australia; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of marine engineering and technology.