bio-fouling specialist Sonihull cleans up in Norway
Sonihull cleans up in Norway
The UK-based bio-fouling specialist firm that has become the world’s leading ultrasonic bio-fouling specialist, is helping show the way to a future of zero-toxin boating thanks to a 3-year project in the crystal-clear waters of Norway.
NRG Marine, the UK-based manufacturer of Sonihull ultrasonic anti-fouling systems, has been helping the ‘Green Marina’ project in Norway get some amazing results with its research into a zero-toxin approach to leisure boating.
The project has shown that a combination of just three eco-friendly measures will keep a hull in perfect condition and free from marine growth.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is a close partner of the Green Marina project, which is in the middle of a 3-year trial at Vollen Marine Centre near Oslo which is funded by The Norwegian Environmental Agency and the Norwegian Research Council.
“In our opinion, the combination of three key elements: a low friction coating, the bio-fouling specialist Sonihull’s ultrasonic anti-fouling system and a boat-washer, is a win-win-win for boat owners and the environment,” says Anders Øgaarden, coordinator of the ‘Green Marina’ project.
“Firstly, there is a one-time application of a durable and slippery hull coating. In addition to avoiding the VOC emissions during application, our tests have shown that boats will also benefit from significantly increased speed and a reduction in fuel consumption.”
“Secondly, the Sonihull system prevents the settlement of macro-growth on the hull (weeds, barnacles, mussels etc). Any remaining light slime or small cases of micro-growth are easily removed by the third element, a regular pressure wash, or in the case of Vollen Marine Centre, Drive-in Boatwash’s Bigwash 16 hull washer.”
Drone Video of the Drive-in Boatwash in action
“100% eco-friendly, faster boats, less fuel used, a sealed/waterproof hull, reduced costs for the boat owner, more time boating and less time spent on boat maintenance. There is no down-side.”
“A ban of copper biocides in marine coatings is inevitable. Research and development of alternative solutions is key in order to obtain a sustainable marine environment,” concluded Anders Øgaarden.
Visit the Sonihull team on stand J342 in Ocean Hall at TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show between 14th and 23rd September.