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Antifouling coatings are a unique type of coating applied to a ship or marine vessel to prevent or reduce adhesion of marine life on the submerged surface of the hull. Hull fouling organisms (i.e., biofouling) include microorganisms, plants, algae, and animals (e.g., mollusks, sponges, etc.). It is the progressive growth of these organisms over time that leads to hydrodynamic drag and increased weight, leading to greater fuel consumption and poor speed performance.

 

To remove biofouling, each vessel must be placed in dry dock approximately every 2 years for maintenance. Thus, it is the dual combination of biofouling agents and dock time that are costly to the shipping industry. In order to maintain the performance and working life of a vessel, shipyards use antifouling coatings designed to prevent biofoul accumulation. These conventional antifouling coatings differ in method (e.g., chemical, metal, energy, etc.) but still need to be maintained and some are environmentally detrimental.

 

Old World Labs created a high-performance marine coating to solve this problem.

 

Benefits of the Old World Labs high-performance Marine Coating include:

 

  • Anti-corrosion properties by increasing salt, sand, and enzyme resistance

  • Prevention of marine life adhesion without disturbing marine life

  • Decreased drag

  • Decreased fuel consumption and vessel dock time over its lifetime

  • Exceeds QP1, and Mil-Spec Coating Requirements

 

Old World Labs proprietary coating estimates a 25% savings yield in coating materials and fuel costs.

 

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