UK-based classification society Lloyd’s Register has renewed its certification of the Ecospeed hard coating solution from Subsea Industries for another five years.
The renewal will mean Ecospeed will be used as an abrasion-resistant hull protection system for ships operating in Polar waters.
According to Subsea Industries, Ecospeed offers non-toxic protection for ship hulls and provides a system that keeps the hull smooth and free of fouling for a long period of time.
Subsea Industries CEO Boud Van Rompay said: “Lloyd’s Register’s renewal confirms the lasting durability and strength of Ecospeed and is indicative of the increasing confidence classification societies have in hard-type protective hull coatings.
“The number one consideration in a hull coating for ice-going vessels and icebreakers is the ability of the coating to protect the hull in the harshest marine environment there is.
“Only a few types of coatings are capable of providing this protection. Typically they are certified for their ice-abrasion resistance qualities by the classification societies.”
Lloyd’s Register noted that using the Ecospeed coating on the ice belt of ships reduces its steel plate thickness by up to 1mm, provided the coating is maintained in good condition.
Subsea Industries production executive and Nace coatings inspector Manuel Hof said: “This is a considerable saving for shipowners planning newbuilds for Arctic operations. It also reduces the overall weight of the vessel.
“An added advantage is that ice-going vessels operating with Ecospeed do not need to recoat their hulls year on year because there is minimal damage to the coating.
“That’s a further saving. In effect, the coating forms part of the hull structure.”
The renewal is also expected to benefit offshore support vessels and expedition type cruising in polar waters.