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
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
The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, a proposed addition to the U.S. defence bill, risks making the Great Lakes highly vulnerable to aquatic invasive species.
The act proposes to exempt ballast water discharges from the federal Clean Water Act. It also… Continue reading
Degradation of anti-fouling paints, leaving a rough surface which increases water resistance, is often overlooked as a reason for deteriorating fuel efficiency in ships.
By and large, ship operators are more than happy to do what they can to lower… Continue reading
Crustaceans at 10,000 metre depths contain higher concentrations of chemicals than some animals in coastal waters
Research reported in this month’s NATURE shows that toxic chemicals, including anti-fouling compounds from ship hulls, are accumulating in marine creatures in Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches.
The research, conducted from the University of Aberdeen and presented at a conference inShanghai,… Continue reading