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.”

Join us at Europort 2017

Subsea Industries  will be present at Europort in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from November 7 until November 10. We would like to welcome you at our booth 1009 in hall 1, Holland pavilion.

If you would like to learn more about how Subsea Industries can assist you, please visit our booth at Europort. 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. 

On the road with Subsea Industries

The first six months of the year have been busy for Subsea Industries and Hydrex with both of the companies’ coatings and hull care teams attending key maritime events across the globe as part of the strategy to optimise their market share in the marine sector.

Kick-starting the 2017 exhibition and conference schedule was January’s EuroMaritime-EuroWaterways event at the Porte de Versailles, Paris, which attracted more than 250 exhibiting companies and 5000 visitors from 41 countries. A key highlight was the attendance of the Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve who was updated on the latest technological developments aimed at optimising energy and environmental efficiencies.

“For us, the event was an enormous success,” said Subsea Industries, Production Executive Manuel Hof. “We have had some very positive enquiries from a number of potential buyers. I think a key part of this success was the ‘Key Buyers’ initiative, which resulted in a high volume of buyer-supplier meetings, organised by the Ile-de-France CCI and the EEN (Europe Enterprise Network) network.”

The Paris event was followed in April with a visit to Istanbul to exhibit at the increasingly well-attended Europort Turkey event.  The 14th edition of this biennial event, now based in the Tuzla maritime district, at the Viaport Marina, has grown exponentially over recent years with the addition of a new hall to accommodate over 2000 exhibitors and 4500 visitors.

During the opening ceremony, Naci Kaya, Deputy Director General of Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs & Communications, underlined the importance of cooperation to Turkey’s historic maritime heritage. “We are very pleased to see that international cooperation is established and developed by this kind of exhibition. Europort Turkey is of great importance for Tuzla, the heart of the maritime industry.”

“We were also pleased to see an Iranian trade mission visiting Europort Turkey this year,” said Hof. “To have meetings with potential business partners and our regional agent, Amat Engineering, from this important maritime hub, following the lifting of sanctions, is important to us. Iran is looking to renew its ageing tanker fleet and we obviously hope that Ecospeed will play a role in protecting these new hulls.”

Steven De Keyzer, who supports the agent network for Hydrex activities from the Antwerp office, added: “Our global network of diver/technicians could also prove cost-advantageous to the Iranian fleet, since we have the technology and capability to carry out a high proportion of hull repairs in water, reducing the costs associated with drydocking a vessel.”

Europort Turkey was followed in quick succession with Sea Asia, Singapore’s foremost maritime exhibition and conference, and, in May, Nor-Shipping.

“Despite the offshore sectors downturn, the Lion State continues to be an important, strategically-placed maritime hub so it is crucial that we have a presence at this event,” said Hof.

“The 15,000 participants from 85 countries substantiates claims that Asia continues to play a significant role on the global maritime stage. Of course, the offshore market downturn will have an impact on these events, but for Subsea Industries the benefits always outweigh the costs. We were fortunate to have some significant meetings at our booth, with a number of potential customers making enquiries about the coatings range,” said Hof.

The day after Sea Asia Hydrex and Subsea Industries took part in a Technology Exchange Roadshow in Singapore organized by Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT). During this day a select delegation visited a number of shipping related companies in Singapore. At each stop all participants of the event had the opportunity to briefly highlight how they could help the visited companies in making their business more efficient, green and successful. Both Mr. Hof and Mr. De Keyzer were very satisfied with this initiative and hoped it would be repeated at upcoming exhibitions.

After the summer months, Subsea Industries will continue the road show closer to home with the Europort Exhibition in Rotterdam.

Join us at Nor-Shipping 2017

Subsea Industries will be present at Nor-Shipping in Oslo from  May 30 to June 2. We would like to welcome you at booth C01-14g in hall C. We are  part of the Holland Pavilion.

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 2017


Ecospeed gets contract for RRS Sir David Attenborough

Subsea Industries’ Ecospeed hull protection system has been selected for RRS Sir David Attenborough, the polar research ship under construction at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Liverpool, UK.

The £150 million contract to build the vessel, which Cammell Laird won against stiff international competition in 2015, represents the biggest commercial shipbuilding contract in Britain for 30 years. The ship has been commissioned by the National Environment Research Council (NERC) and will be operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

The 15,000gt research vessel, scheduled for operational duties in 2019, will be one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world. Two nine-cylinder and two six-cylinder Bergen B33:45 engines in diesel electric configuration will provide power to propulsion motors driving 4.5m diameter controllable pitch propellers. 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.

BAS and NERC deliver and enable world-leading interdisciplinary research in the polar regions. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation.

The shipbuilder awarded a coatings contract to Subsea Industries, a pioneer in non-toxic hard-coatings, based on the unrivalled performance of its Ecospeed hull coating system on the Royal Research Ships Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross.

“Sir David Attenborough required a fully ice-strengthened coating for operations in Antarctica as well as providing effective antifouling between the polar regions, without being harmful to the environment,” said Rob White, Senior Marine Engineer at British Antarctic Survey. “Ecospeed fulfils that requirement.”

In six seasons operating RRS Ernest Shackleton with Ecospeed coating, BAS had to touch up Ecospeed only in areas of mechanical damage and carry out minor repairs around the bow, the most susceptible area to ice impact. Following the performance on Ernest Shackleton, the hard coating was applied in 2015 to the hull of sister ship, RRS James Clark Ross. Results were again exemplary.

“After two seasons there was only minor hull growth, which was removed with a hull power wash,” said White. “When operating in the Southern Ocean, there is very little biofouling and during the rest of the year any growth that does accumulate is easily dealt with. This ensures a clean efficient hull and reduces the transportation of invasive aquatic species across different regions.”

As a government funded organisation, BAS had to find a coating solution for Sir David Attenborough that was effective, easy to maintain and could provide savings across its operating budget. A pre-requisite was an environmentally-sound hull coating that would reduce fuel consumption without detriment to performance in ice.

“Our docking schedules are alternate years so the coating had to be maintainable in-water as well as in drydock,” White said. “With Ecospeed there are no special docking requirements or specialist equipment, which means that any remedial work can be part of the vessel’s normal refit schedule. The coating’s simple application and maintenance procedures also help drive down the vessel’s through-life costs.”

Manuel Hof, Production Executive and NACE Coating Inspector, Subsea Industries, explained: “The coating is proven to reduce fuel consumption so the vessel is not burning as much fuel, thus reducing ship exhaust emissions and Sir David Attenborough’s carbon footprint. It also correlates directly to lower operational costs.”

Rob White went on to reveal that other hull coatings had been previously applied to both Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross, but these conventional coatings required additional anti-fouling treatments to prevent the build-up of hull growth.

“These coatings were expensive and did not last long in ice,” he said. “But since using Ecospeed and following the recommended annual maintenance, the requirement for additional hull treatments has been removed. It also eliminates the pollution of polar waters with heavy metals and hull contamination during research activities, which is extremely important to the scientific work NERC and BAS carry out. The vessel’s presence cannot interfere with the local environment.”

Indeed, the deposit of metallic elements and chemicals in the polar environments is addressed in the recently introduced IMO Polar Code, with Guideline G-23 stating that “no pollutants should be carried directly against the shell in hull areas at significant risk of ice impact”.

While this guideline does not specifically legislate against the use of traditional “soft” coatings for polar shipping, Rob White believes a tough, durable and long-lasting coating is required for hull plating integrity. “Ecospeed bonds very well to the bare steel on application and provides a tough effective barrier against the sea and ice,” he said.

“From the experience we have gained through using Ecospeed on Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross we were adamant that the hull coating for the newbuild should also be Ecospeed. Through-life costs, ease of maintenance and the environmental benefits help reduce operational costs and makes Sir David Attenborough a better research ship for polar science,” said White.

Join us at Europort Turkey

Subsea Industries will be present at Europort Turkey in Istanbul from  April 5 to 8 together with our agent for Turkey: Amat Engineering. We would like to welcome you at  booth B610 in Hall 2 .

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.

Hull biofouling environmentally more damaging than ballasting

The entry into force of the Ballast Water Convention this September will not prevent the transfer of invasive aquatic species (IAS) unless there is mandatory legislation in place to prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls.

Commenting on a presentation delivered at the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit in December, in which IMO Marine Environmental Division’s Technical Officer Dr Theofanis Karyannis revealed that hull biofouling could be more damaging than ballast water transfer, Subsea Industries’ Chairman Boud Van Rompay said: “The transfer of IAS in ballast water has been addressed with the ratification of the BWM Convention, but currently there is no legislation to prevent the transfer of IAS on ships’ hulls though fouling, only guidelines.”

Indeed, while there is ongoing evaluation of the Biofouling Guidelines set out in MEPC.1/Circ.811, there has been little support from IMO Member States for a new mandatory instrument to reduce the impact of bioufouling. Aside from the guidelines, the issue of biofouling is thought not to be on the agenda of the MEPC or any other IMO body.

There has been a number of studies comparing the transfer of IAS through ballast with that transferred by hull fouling, with some studies concluding that hull fouling is more environmentally damaging than IAS relocated through ballasting operations.

In his paper Building Partnerships to Address the Global Impacts from Aquatic Biofouling, Dr Karyannis revealed a number of areas where hull biofouling was the primary factor for IAS.

In New Zealand, for example, biofouling was found to be responsible for 69% of IAS as opposed to just 3% from ballast water. In Port Phillip Bay, Australia, 78% of IAS reported was from ships’ hulls with 20% from ballast water. In the North Sea it was 57% over 38% and in US waters, hull biofouling accounted for 36% of IAS compared to 20% from ballast water.

“The IAS threat is increasing especially because antifouling systems in use since the ban on tributyltin (TBT) are less effective in eliminating hull fouling,” said Van Rompay. “Some species have developed a resistance to copper biocides and are thriving in ports and harbours where copper and organotin residues are high.”

According to Van Rompay, frequent in-water hull cleaning of a hard, inert coating is the key to preventing IAS translocation, since the removal of micro- and macro-fouling acquired locally poses no risk whatsoever.

However, there is a dichotomy in that the in-water cleaning of biocidal antifouling systems is banned in many ports and harbours around the world as the chemicals in these coatings pose an environmental hazard of their own. Cleaning macro-fouling from these hulls also damages the coatings.

“The only real answer to preventing the spread of IAS is by ensuring that ships sail with a clean hull from their point of origin. Only a non-toxic hard-type coating and regular in-water cleaning can achieve this. Indeed, many ports and harbours permit the in-water cleaning of this type of coating system. Effective biofouling control is also the most efficient way of reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” Van Rompay said.

Join us at Euromaritime 2017

Subsea Industries will be present at Euromaritime in Paris from January 31st to February 2nd . We would like to welcome you at our booth C23.

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.

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Renewal of abrasion resistant coating certificate

In June the Lloyd’s Register certificate that recognizes Ecospeed as an abrasion resistant ice coating was renewed. This renewal once again confirms the durability and strength of the coating and shows the lasting trust in Ecospeed given by the classification societies.

The number one consideration in a hull coating for ice-going vessels and icebreakers is the ability of the coating to protect the hull in the harshest marine environment there is. Only a few types of coatings are capable of providing this protection. Typically they are certified for their ice-abrasion resistance qualities by the classification societies.

The abrasion resistant coating certificate allows owners of vessels intending to navigate in ice conditions to reduce the thickness of the plating of the ice belt if this area is coated with Ecospeed. The ice belt is the area on the bow just above the waterline that is most prone to mechanical damage from sailing through ice. This saves money in terms of requiring less steel to build the hull and reducing the overall weight of the ship.

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