Ecospeed wins Arctic Innovation Award 2019

On April 2, Subsea Industries won the Arctic Innovation Award 2019 for its Ecospeed non-toxic hull coating. The winner of the award was announced at the Arctic Shipping Forum held at the Paasitorni Congress Centre in Helsinki, Finland.

According to the organizers the panel of independent judges consisting of leading Arctic specialists gave the award to “the company or individual that has developed the most innovative new technology, environmental practice or service to benefit the Arctic region.”

About the award Subsea Industries CEO Boud Van Rompay said: “We are very proud to have been given this award by important members of the Arctic shipping community. This recognition strengthens us to keep pursuing our goal of clean rivers, seas and oceans.”

Join us at Exposhipping 2019

Subsea Industries will be present at Exposhipping in Istanbul from  April 2 to 5 together with our agent for Turkey: Amat Engineering. We would like to welcome you at  booth D-115 .

If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please  visit us during the event. Our team will be happy to give you the  information you need.

Join us at Sea Asia 2019

Subsea Industries will be present at Sea Asia in Singapore from  April 9 to 11 together with our agent for Singapore: Pamarine. We would like to welcome you at  booth B2-H18 .

If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please  visit us during the event. Our team will be happy to give you the  information you need.

Subsea Industries wins Environmental Protection Award at the 10th IBJ Awards

On November 19, Subsea Industries won the Environmental Protection Award at the 10th IBJ Awards, held at The Eskimo Factory in Ghent. The award was presented by Ray Girvan, Publisher of International Bulk Journal and Femke Brenninkmeijer, Port of Amsterdam’s Head of Energy, Bulk, Agri, Breakbulk & Offshore.

Public Relations Officer Tamara Slight accepted the award on behalf of our company. She said: "We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. We know that the judges are highly expert and discriminating and we take the award as a very valuable acknowledgement for our achievements with our line of environmentally friendly coating systems.”

Subsea Industries at SMM 2018

Last month Subsea Industries and Hydrex took part in SMM 2018 in Hamburg, together with 2.288 other exhibitors. This year’s event was attended by 50.000 trade visitors from more than 120 countries, once again highlighting SMM’s importance as the leading international maritime trade fair.

Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, was highly pleased with the outcome of the four-day event: “SMM 2018 was a full success, not only for us as the organisers but also, and especially so, for the exhibitors and visitors. We again welcomed the Who's Who of the maritime world to our exhibition halls this year, and we have seen again that there is nothing that can replace the person-to-person interaction between the key players of the sector. We successfully addressed the shipping community’s most pressing issues, delivering fresh impetus for the future."*

The Hydrex/ Subsea Industries booth was a popular meeting spot, strategically located on a corner as part of the Dutch pavilion. As always representatives of both companies were ready to give precise and on point answers to visitors.

SMM 2018 was a great success and we would like to thank all of you who visited us there for coming. We look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis. If you want to find out how our products can benefit you, feel free to contact us. We will gladly help you in any way we can.

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* SMM: Maritime Sector Shows Strength and Innovative Power,, accessed September 27 2018.

Ecospeed on the Mersey

The hull of the polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough was officially launched in July protected by the most environmentally-safe hull coating ever developed: Subsea Industries’ ice abrasion resistant and washable Ecospeed.

Commenting on the success of the vessel’s launch into the River Mersey from the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Manuel Hof, Subsea Industries’ production executive, 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 a fully ice-strengthened coating, without being harmful to the environment. “Ecospeed fulfils that requirement,” said Hof. 

“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 research activities, which 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,” said Hof.

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 Ecospeed is one.”

The 15,000gt research vessel, scheduled for operational duties in 2019, 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.

Subsea Industries at Posidonia 2018

In June Hydrex and Subsea Industries took part in Posidonia 2018, together with our agent for Greece: N. Bogdanos Marine Bureau. The exhibition was a very successful one for everyone involved and we are already looking forward to the next edition.

The event set new records in terms of exhibitor floor space, size of  conference program and number of visitors. In total, 2009 exhibiting companies from 92 countries and territories and 22 national pavilions welcomed 23.000 visitors to their stands.

According to the exhibition’s post-event press release, the proof points of the show’s unparalleled appeal and success were evident each of the five days on the exhibition floor and conference facilities of the venue, where a great number of business deals were struck and issues and trends of concern to the international maritime industry were debated.

Theodore Vokos, Executive Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A. said:  “The list of new business deals goes on and on as multi-million dollar deals on the Posidonia Exhibition floor is the norm, being the most eagerly awaited trade event in the biennial shipping calendar. This year, on our 50 year anniversary, we have witnessed a tremendous response from the global shipping community whose presence and activity helped us deliver the most dynamic Posidonia ever.”

Hydrex Sales Officer Steven De Keyzer was present during the entire event. He told us that he had many networking opportunities throughout the exhibition and the N. Bogdanos booth was bustling with activity from start to finish. “Posidonia 2018 was a great success for us. I met many interesting people from the shipping industry,” said Steven. “We reinforced existing relationships while new business opportunities  presented themselves.”

We would like to thank all of you who visited us there for coming and  look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis. We would also like to invite you to come and visit us during SMM 2018 at the Holland  Pavilion in Hall B7, booth 505.

Join us at SMM 2018

Subsea Industries will be present at SMM in Hamburg, Germany from September 4 until September 7. We would like to welcome you at our booth 505 in hall B7, Holland pavilion.

If you would like to learn more about how Subsea Industries can assist you, please visit our booth at SMM. Our team will be happy to give you the information you need. You can also contact one of our offices if you would like to make an appointment for the exhibition or if you need assistance.

Join us at Posidonia 2018

Subsea Industries will be present at Posidonia 2018 together with our agent for Greece: N. Bogdanos Marine Bureau. We would like to welcome you at booth 2.102 in hall 2.

If you would like to learn more about how Subsea Industries can assist you, please visit our booth at Posidonia. Our team will be happy to give you the information you need. You can also contact one of our offices if you would like to make an appointment for the exhibition or if you need assistance.

Interview with Boud Van Rompay at Europort 2017

Interview with Boud Van Rompay at Europort 2017 by Green4Sea.

Subsea Industries and Hydrex at Europort 2017

The 38th Europort exhibition for maritime technology in Rotterdam was attended by almost 27.000 trade visitors from all parts of the world. The many exhibitors, including Subsea Industries and Hydrex were very satisfied with the exhibition.

A total of  1.100 exhibitors including 14 country pavilions welcomed guests, with many of the 40 side events focusing on three core themes: Big Data, The  Human Factor and The Environmental Age.

The Europort 2017 agenda was enhanced by four ‘masterclasses’ offering  insights into subjects that are now firmly part of the maritime lexicon. Energy Efficiency and Big Data also warranted separate masterclasses, with the latter reflecting the emergence of an industry game-changer as far as fleet management is concerned.

Elsewhere, the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners opened a ‘Shipowners Lounge’ and overall the Rotterdam event once more demonstrated its credentials as a vital meeting place for maritime business, positioned at the heart of a global community.

According to the closing report on the trade show, “Europort’s vital role as a hub for global maritime business was reflected in its continuing attractiveness to international visitors.”

Innovation and expansion

With a wide variety of products and techniques on display, the Hydrex/Subsea Industries booth fitted in perfectly with the innovative aspect of Europort. As part of the Dutch pavilion it was a popular spot for visitors.

Well manned by representatives of both companies it maintained a friendly and busy atmosphere throughout the four-day show.

Many existing customers, Subsea Industries agents, technical people from all phases of shipbuilding and maintenance and many interested newcomers to Hydrex and Subsea Industries dropped by and enjoyed the friendly, comfortable but businesslike and informative atmosphere. Much new business was conducted.

In the background our  equipment team performed flawlessly and efficiently in setting up and taking down the booth and making sure that it had everything that was needed.

Europort 2017 was a great success for us and we would like to thank all of you who visited us there. We look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.

Subsea Industries and Hydrex host leading industry journalists

Leading technical shipping journalists visited the Hydrex and Subsea Industries facilities in Antwerp, Belgium, last month, to get a greater understanding of how both companies can greatly reduce ships’ fuel consumption and create greater commercial opportunities for ship owners as well as repair yards.

After a tour of the facilities and a trip around the port of Antwerp on one of the Hydrex workboats, editors from The Motorship, The Naval Architect, Ship Repair & Offshore Journal, Marine Propulsion, Hansa, Schiff & Hafen, Drydock, Tug & Salvage and Seatrade Review were given a number of presentations from the executive team.

Kick-starting a series of seminars was Sales Officer Steven De Keyzer, who provided an overview of Hydrex’ services. He detailed the technologies developed over the organisation’s 45-year history. This was followed by a presentation from Manuel Hof, Production Executive of Hydrex’ sister company Subsea Industries. He talked about the range of underwater cleaning equipment and line of hard underwater coating systems that is offered.

A key aspect of the two-day press tour, however, was how both companies are looking to change the way in which the industry approaches ship husbandry. “Shipcare is at the point of a major step forward”, CEO of both companies, Boud Van Rompay told the journalists.

“We can for instance make ships cleanable with hull coatings that last the lifetime of the vessel. They can be cleaned as often as needed using tools we have developed in-house and which are now available for direct purchase. The combination of steel and a hard, durable glass-flake protective coating is the next step in ship hull evolution as the hull is always at optimum condition providing optimum efficiency.”

Explaining how the hard coating systems can completely prevent corrosion and cavitation erosion, the CEO said: “The coatings and hull cleaning technologies we have developed represent a momentous change to the way in which shipowners and shipyards consider hull projection and biofouling. These changes correlate directly to savings in terms of fuel consumption and operational costs, since it is well known that a smooth hull uses the least amount of fuel.”

Van Rompay and the executive team went on to explain that those shipowners that have applied the hard hull coating and carry out regular hull cleaning have experienced significantly reduced drydocking times, which frees up shiprepair yard capacity for other projects.

“Some of our Ecospeed customers have developed their own hull cleaning strategies, reducing drydocking times considerably. Recoating is simply not needed and even after sailing in extreme and abrasive ice only minor touch ups are required. It’s a win-win situation for both shipowners and shipyards,” he said.

Emphasising the company’s raison d'etre, Van Rompay revealed: “I set up Hydrex, an acronym of HYDRoEXpertise, in 1974. Hydrex offers turnkey underwater repair solutions to shipowners wherever and whenever they are needed without the need to drydock. Subsea Industries in turn was founded in 1983 to take care of the development of a range of underwater hull and propeller cleaning equipment as well as an evolving line of hard hull coating systems.”

“All services provided by Hydrex and all products offered by Subsea Industries have the same goal in mind: clean rivers, seas and oceans. This was our goal in 1974 and it still is in 2017. Water is the biggest commodity on the planet and we need to look after it to preserve it for future generations.”

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