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eco-friendly Ship Hull film system with fouling Release and fuel saving properties

Objective

The aim of the eSHaRk project is to finalise the development of an innovative new fouling protection system for commercial vessels, and to accelerate its market entry.

Fouling, defined as the settlement and growth of marine plants and animals on submerged structures, is a constant challenge for the shipping industry. Fouling results in higher hydrodynamic drag of vessels, which in turn translates into higher fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions. A number of fouling protection technologies exist on the market, the most widely used being paint-based anti-fouling and fouling release coatings. However, these existing solutions face a number of challenges concerning their environmental impact, the efficiency of their application on ship hulls, and their effectiveness in protecting vessels against fouling.

The eSHaRk project aims to bring a new and innovative solution to the market, which will lead to a paradigm shift in the fouling protection business. This solution is based on self-adhesive foil technology, which not only maintains the current state-of-the-art fouling protection standards but is superior to existing paint-based solutions in terms of eco-friendliness, easiness of application, robustness, and drag reduction effects leading to fuel savings and reduction of GHG emissions.

As part of the eSHaRk project, the surface morphology of the foil will be optimised to enhance its drag reduction, fuel savings and emissions reduction benefits. In addition, a robotised laminator will be finalised to apply the foil on large commercial vessels in an automated way. A cruise vessel will be equipped with the foil to ensure full-scale testing and validation in operational conditions before market entry. The technology will then be ready for commercialisation immediately after project end, in late 2018.

Coordinator

PPG COATINGS EUROPE BV
Net EU contribution
€ 246 312,50
Address
Oceanenweg 2
1047 BB Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 105 562,50

Participants (5)

AVERY DENNISON MATERIALS BELGIUM
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 511 765,63
Address
Boulevard Kennedy Zone Industrielle Zone B
7060 Soignies

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Region
Région wallonne Prov. Hainaut Arr. Soignies
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 219 328,12
HAMBURGISCHE SCHIFFBAU-VERSUCHSANSTALT GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 325 875,00
Address
Bramfelder Strasse 164
22305 Hamburg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 82,50
ND COATINGS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 116 812,50
Address
Industriehafen Sud
26871 Papenburg

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Region
Niedersachsen Weser-Ems Emsland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 50 062,50
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

MEYER WERFT PAPENBURG GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 17 500,00
Address
Industriegebiet Sud
26871 Papenburg

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Region
Niedersachsen Weser-Ems Emsland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 7 500,00
VERTIDRIVE BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 836 900,00
Address
Gieterijweg 15
3089JZ Rotterdam

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Groot-Rijnmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 386 017,50