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Prevention and detection of fouling on ship hulls

Objective

"Biofouling is the adhesion of biological materials to hard surfaces, such as ship hulls, in a marine environment and it can commence within seconds of the immersion of a ship’s hull in the sea. After 6 months without protection against marine fouling deposits, biofouling growth increases the drag on a hull so much as to cause a ship to use up to 40% more fuel and correspondingly to produce 40% more CO2 emissions. The marine industry spends $6 billion (USD) worldwide in the prevention or removal of marine fouling using a variety of cleaning tools in dock, yet fouling still costs the world shipping industry, involving 98,000 vessels of size exceeding 100 GT, $8 billion on extra fuel and produces 70 million tons of additional CO2. There are also serious health and safety issues associated with the widespread use of biocidal antifouling coatings which harm marine life and enter the food chain. Furthermore new and experimental non-biocidal antifouling coatings are only partly effective at sea and completely ineffective in port.

Clearly existing methods of fouling prevention and removal are in urgent need of improvement. The CLEANSHIP project proposes a novel, harmless and cost effective solution for fouling prevention without the need for taking a ship out of service.

The solution is to deploy long range ultrasonic plate waves travelling throughout an entire ship hull below the water line in two ways (i) The use of leaky (SV mode) continuous waves to prevent or slow down the accumulation of fouling by driving biomolecules away from the hull (ii) Continuous monitoring of the attenuation changes of pulsed waves caused by the growth of fouling in its the early stages, to allow earlier and cheaper removal.

The return on the investment by the SMEs and EU in the first 4 years of commercialization will be 166:1 in the form of profits, savings on fouling prevention and treatment, fuel costs and carbon offset costs. With global take up of the new technology the savings could exceed 14.9 billion Euros per annum."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 82 636
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)

Participants (8)

KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 35 897
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Mrs.)
SOFCHEM SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 216 338
Address
Rue Du Gue 9 Immeuble Abac
92500 Reuil Malmaison
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre-Olivier Jost (Mr.)
ENKON ENDUSTRIYEL KONTROL KAYNAK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 198 085
Address
Kuzey Sahil Yolu Lodos St.
34903
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mustafa Cakmak (Mr.)
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 237 142
Address
Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nico Avdelidis (Dr.)
WRS MARINE INSPECTIONS AND SERVICES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 207 711
Address
Boelewerf 1 D E
2987 VD Ridderkerk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Seton (Mr.)
LLOYD'S REGISTER EMEA IPS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 41 663
Address
Fenchurch Street 71
EC3M 4BS London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Spyros Hirdaris (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Mrs.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 24 528
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patxi Estensoro (Mr.)