The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is one of three partners in a new project launched this week to combat biofouling and the negative impacts of the transfer of aquatic species.

Leading the way in advanced hull coatings, Nippon Paint Marine has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first biocide-free, low friction self-polishing copolymer (SPC) antifouling technology.

From environmental regulations to saving fuel there are many reasons why reducing the level of fouling a ship’s hull is something that owners and manager seek to do.

Subsea Industries claims to have a hull coating solution that can not only save up to 8% in fuel consumption but is totally biocide-free and non-toxic.

Nanotechnology research has resulted in a potential new environmentally-friendly solution to the age-old problem of biofouling.

Fiji has banned the bulker DL Marigold from entering its waters after it was expelled from New Zealand over “severe” bio-fouling on its hull.

A Korean-owned bulk carrier has been ordered to leave New Zealand waters after its hull was judged to be threat to bio-security.