Looking back at 2018

The past year has been a very successful one for Subsea Industries. A large number of applications was completed for our different coating systems and just recently we won the Environmental Protection Award at the 10th IBJ Awards.


This article will be looking back at some of the major Ecospeed project of 2018.

Two newbuild vessels given lifelong protection at shipyards in Turkey


The Subsea Industries specialist hull and rudder coatings (Ecospeed and Ecoshield respectively) were applied to two newbuild projects in Turkey. A third Turkish project is in progress and several others are in the pipeline for 2019.

A shallow draught anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel was coated at the Atlas Shipyard in Gölcük and an oil tanker was given the same treatment at the Akdeniz Shipyard in Ceyhan.

The owners of the AHTS vessel selected our coatings amidst strong competition because of their proven performance in polar waters. The Ice-Class 1A, 65m tug will carry out anchor handling and oil recovery duties in the ecologically sensitive Arctic in compliance with the IMO Polar Code requirements. Manuel Hof, Production Executive and NACE Coatings Inspector at Subsea Industries, explained that the Polar Code recommends the application of abrasion resistant, low friction coatings to vessels operating in ice-covered waters.

During the building process (or drydockings) there is a lot more going on than just the hull coating, which can easily interfere with the planning of a project. Because our coatings have quick and flexible overcoating times, application can be scheduled around other work taking place. For both the shipyards in Turkey this was a big benefit as it resulted in minimal interference with their other activities.

Golden Gate ferry coated with Ecospeed in California


The Ecospeed coating system has been applied to Golden Gate Ferry’s M.S. Marin. This aluminum-hulled 750-passenger capacity Spaulding class ferry is owned and operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Golden Gate Ferry chose to apply Ecospeed based on its environmental safety and durability.

Mr. Hof said: “The application marks the first Ecospeed coating to a ferry operating in California. We have completed the application to the Marin’s hull and the operator will now evaluate performance.”

Application went very smoothly, taking just one day. The first coat was applied in the morning, with the second coat applied in the afternoon, as Bay Ship & Yacht’s Senior Project Manager David Elliott explained.

“This being BSY’s first application of Ecospeed, our priority was to familiarise ourselves with the coating and then confirm how much product would be required for the project; it was vital to the project’s success that the correct quantities arrived ahead of the scheduled application date.”

Chris Ward, the Technical Manager of BSY’s Paint Department, added: “In the maritime industry, a painter’s job is vessel protection via proper coating application; BSY has no doubt that its application of Ecospeed will serve the Marin well for years to come.”

RRS Sir David Attenborough launched with Ecospeed protection


The hull of the polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough was officially launched in July of 2018. Commenting on the success of the vessel’s launch into the River Mersey from the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Mr. Hof said: “RRS Sir David Attenborough is now afloat with a hull protected by the same Ecospeed coating that has protected its sisters, Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross, for many years. It was incredibly exciting to watch the launch of this important vessel.”

When the vessel is delivered to British Antarctic Survey in 2019, it will undertake world-leading environmental research into climate change and ocean protection. As such, the vessel required an icebreaker coating, without being harmful to the environment. Ecospeed fulfils that requirement.

Ecospeed is a safe, hard-type coating with zero toxic compounds. It eliminates the potential pollution of polar waters with heavy metals or biocides and hull contamination during operations in ice. This is extremely important to the scientific work the vessel will carry out.

The hard coating completely mitigates against the leaching of chemicals into the marine environment.

Subsea Industries’ Chairman Boud Van Rompay said: “We are delighted that Cammell Laird and BAS have successfully launched RRS Sir David Attenborough. The vessel is a showcase for an array of sophisticated technologies and systems, of which, I am pleased to say, Ecospeed is one.”

The 15,000gt research vessel, scheduled for operational duties later this year, will be one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world. The 128m long vessel will be capable of 60 days at sea without re-supply, covering a range of 18,898 nautical miles at 13 knots.

Ecospeed application helps DFDS achieve ecological goals


Also in July the underwater hull of the roro vessel Magnolia Seaways was coated with Ecospeed in Gdansk, Poland. The non-toxic and easy washable coating system will keep the hull smooth for the service life of the vessel with minimal repair and no replacement. At the same time the rudder of the ship was treated with the Ecoshield coating which was designed specifically to protect underwater gear against cavitation and corrosion damage.

The 200-meter roro vessel is currently sailing a fixed Brevik-Gothenburg-Immingham route and is owned by DFDS, a company that takes its environmental responsibility very seriously. Ecospeed ties in perfectly with the ecological ideas of DFDS. Independent research proved that the coating is 100% non-toxic and that there is no negative effect on the water quality or the marine environment at any point of its use. The emission of massive amounts of VOC and zinc anodes associated with conventional coating systems is reduced to almost zero.

The use of an environmentally safe underwater ship hull coating can help DFDS fulfill their ecological goals. Ecospeed offers a perfect lasting solution for any individual or company that takes its environmental responsibility seriously.

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