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Environmental impact of antifouling coatings scrutinised

Friday, 25 January 2013

The environmental impact of marine antifouling coatings based on quantitative data available from literature is discussed in a new review.

Without antifouling coating, biological species start to adhere to a ship’s exterior

Source: Martin33/ Fotolia

Without antifouling coating, biological species start to adhere to a ship’s exterior

Source: Martin33/ Fotolia

The environmental impact of marine antifouling coatings based on quantitative data available from literature is discussed in a new review. In addition, Pascal Buskens, Mariëlle Wouters, Corné Rentrop, and Zeger Vroon critically scrutinise hydrophilic antifouling and hydrophobic foul-release coatings as toxin-free alternatives and discuss their potential for replacing self-polishing coatings.

Antifouling coatings for ship hulls are a very important topic in coating research. They are essential with respect to fuel consumption of ships: without antifouling coating, biological species start to adhere to the ship’s exterior, leading to a gradual increase in fuel consumption. To date, the working principle of most of the paint systems applied is based on slow release of toxins in time (self-polishing coatings).

The review appeared in "Journal of Coatings Technology and Research”, January 2013, Vol. 10, Issue 1.

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