During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club, provided a brief overview of old and new challenges surrounding biofouling and what is in store for the future.
The introduction of invasive aquatic species as a result from international shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and research suggests that 70-80% of introductions occur through biofouling. Madlene Wangrau of UK P&I Club, discusses how shippers could reduce biofouling risk.
The introduction of invasive aquatic species associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. Research indicates that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur from biofouling and new areas are being invaded.
To preserve the life of a vessel or cargo tank coating, there are some key considerations that should be taken into account. The UK P&I Club, in conjunction with marine coating consultants Safinah, is advising on the importance of hull and cargo tank coatings highlighting their primary role to protect assets from environmental corrosion, in order to provide as long a service life as possible.
The coating on a vessel is only a fraction of the thickness of the structural steel, and certainly much less than the cost of the steel, but without paint the asset value would rapidly decrease and working life would be short. The UK P&I Club has issued a Risk Focus booklet to address how to guard the asset value from corrosion,
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