Biofouling develops hours after a ship is deployed in the sea.

Beginning as a slimy layer, the volume of organisms grows until advanced species like barnacles develop. Biofouling transports viruses, bacteria, algae, amoebae, parasites, mussels and barnacles. It may not be possible to bring a ship in port and remove biofouling without releasing effluent. Biofouling is the main carrier of invasive species along coastlines. Shipshave will detach the biofouling mid ocean where it sinks and cannot breed.

Hull grooming

Preventive maintenance will avoid biofouling escalating on the hull, as it is removed at early stages. It will also reduce the risk of species being transported from one aquatic environment to another.

Antifouling paint

The primary barrier against fouling. Most antifouling paints contain biocides such as copper compounds to repel biofouling. A rough in-port cleaning will release more antifouling than desired and may accumulate in sediments in a harbour. Shipshave will release less antifouling paint and will not concentrate the residue in harbours.

CO2 emissions

CO2 emissions are cut with reduced fuel consumption from a ship with a clean hull.

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