An underwater ship hull coating needs to be simple to apply, it needs to stay on your ship for many years with easy maintenance and it needs to save you money. Ecospeed ticks all these boxes. Choosing Ecospeed will be the last decision you ever have to make concerning your underwater hull coating.
Ecospeed was launched in 2002 and is our oldest coating type. It is used to protect ship hulls. In this article we will talk about some of the many benefits Ecospeed can bring ship owners.
Apply once, never worry again
Applying Ecospeed is very easy and can be done very fast. The coating only requires two layers. No topcoats, no primers or any other additional layers are needed. Ecospeed also has very flexible overcoating times. The second layer can already by applied three hours after the first. As a result the application can be scheduled around other work taking place in the yard or dock.
Future dockings are also far easier to plan. Ecospeed comes with a ten-year guarantee. The coating will last the full service life of the ship without need for replacement or major repair. Only small touch-ups will be required. These can easily be done during a (short) routine drydock visit. They blend in perfectly with the existing coating. Because no repaint is needed, days and up to a week can be saved in drydock times during each visit.
One of our customers said that he was able to get his ships out of drydock several days sooner with Ecospeed. Being a large cruise ship owner, this brought him substantial savings every time.
Just wash it
Every hull coating fouls and as a result cleaning is an unavoidable reality for shipowners. For most coatings this is a problem because they cannot be cleaned without damaging them, often very severely. Ecospeed, however, was designed to be maintained regularly while keeping the coating intact for 20 years or longer.
One of the many unique factors of this underwater hull coating system is that with repeated underwater hull cleaning, the coating’s surface aspect does not degrade but gradually improves. This procedure is made easy by the coating’s technical properties. Cleaning can be carried out whenever needed, at any point in its lifespan, without causing damage.
Washing Ecospeed can also be done in drydock with high pressure tools. The standard procedure for shipyards when a ship enters drydock is general cleaning of the ship hull to clear away any fouling and residues. With Ecospeed the coating is always in an as new and excellent condition after the high pressure washing. The surface texture is very smooth. It reveals without exception that Ecospeed does not need any additional paint layers.
Start saving money even before you leave dock
We already mentioned the financial benefits from leaving drydock days earlier, but Ecospeed can help you save money in other ways.
Our coating gives your underwater hull the best possible hydrodynamic characteristics. What is more, Ecospeed lasts. Therefore the performance of the ship does not degrade either. Large fuel savings are the result. This brings you huge financial profits over the lifetime of the ship.
One major cruise line has been quoted as saying that they are saving 40% on fuel costs with Ecospeed. Another cruise ship found that they gained 4 knots over sea trials speed when they replaced their hull coating with Ecospeed.
If you drop us a line, we can tell you how Ecospeed can benefit you. We will look at your specific situation and give you all the data you need. This will allow you to make an informed decision on the next underwater hull coating for your ship. You will not have to worry about this ever again if you choose Ecospeed.
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