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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action
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Coordinator

PPG COATINGS EUROPE BV
Address
Oceanenweg 2
1047 BB Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 246 312,50

Participants (4)

AVERY DENNISON MATERIALS BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 511 765,63
Address
Boulevard Kennedy Zone Industrielle Zone B
7060 Soignies
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HAMBURGISCHE SCHIFFBAU-VERSUCHSANSTALT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 325 875
Address
Bramfelder Strasse 164
22305 Hamburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
ND COATINGS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 134 312,50
Address
Industriehafen Sud
26871 Papenburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VERTIDRIVE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 836 900
Address
Gieterijweg 15
3089JZ Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)