Following the widespread international concern over the effects of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, a new report published by the International Maritime Organisation suggests that anti-fouling hull coatings may be an overlooked source of particularly dangerous microplastics.
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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
“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).
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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
Underwater cleaning of ship hulls releases both invasive species and high concentrations of toxic anti-fouling paint into the water.
In enclosed bays these have no place to go. This collation of video clips shows underwater hull cleaning in progress… Continue reading