What is anti-fouling? Should we be using it? Are there better ways to do the job?
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Widely enforced bans on the underwater cleaning of ships with anti-fouling coatings, a major cause of both invasive marine species and toxic pollution around harbours, are being eroded in many European ports. The loosening of controls opens the door to… Continue reading
A new Tel Aviv University study finds that ships play an unknowing but dominant role in introducing and dispersing these tough-shelled non-indigenous organisms into new environments. The research showed that these marine invertebrates hitch a ride on half of all… Continue reading
Oil industry magazine Bunkerspot reveals that the use of tin in hull coatings has increased by 10 times, despite the presence of an international ban:
“The use of organotin tributyltin (TBT) as an active biocide was banned about 10 years… Continue reading
“Biocide-free” hull paints “tainted by tin” betray climate change campaign
The respected shipping trade magazine Fairplay reports in its current issue on further research into the presence of organotin biocides in commercial ship hull coatings.
“Dibutyltin (DBT), is being… Continue reading
Ships from leading cruise lines including Carnival, Cunard, P&O, Celebrity, Crystal, Le Ponant and Princess may be placing marine life in the fragile arctic regions at risk by using hull coatings containing tin, banned as a biocide by the International… Continue reading
Anti-fouling is a toxic time-bomb of accumulating poison in the oceans.
The latest estimate suggests a volume of biocide equivalent to 9 St. Paul’s Cathedrals is being dumped in the oceans every year. See the introduction to anti-fouling video here:
Premium ship hull coatings from the world’s two largest manufacturers, currently promoted as ‘green’ alternatives, have been found to contain toxic compounds banned as anti-fouling agents by the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Independent testing… Continue reading
Oils in silicone coatings are found to affect the development of sea urchins. Extracts from a paper: “The effects of model polysiloxane and fouling-release coatings on embryonic development of a sea urchin (Arbacia punctulata) and a fish (Oryzias… Continue reading
The world’s commercial shipping fleet, already struggling with the cost of meeting environmental regulations, may be sitting on an even bigger time bomb. Analysis of hull anti-fouling coatings suggests they could be shedding a hitherto unsuspected one million tons… Continue reading