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Subsea Industries Belgium
4 months ago

One complete solution to protect rudders and running gear

In our previous Subsea e-Newsletter we gave a summary of the most important Ecospeed projects of 2018. This time we will be focusing on Ecoshield. In the past year numerous rudders, thruster tunnels and nozzles were coated with our protective coating system designed specifically to give lasting protection against cavitation and corrosion damage.

In 2018 applications were carried out in shipyards in Turkey, the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Denmark, Estonia, Germany and the United States and this on a wide range of ships. These included vehicle carriers, ferries, tankers, yachts, research vessels and container ships. The rudders as well as the running gear of these ships will be protected against cavitation and corrosion damage for the rest of their service lives.

Well over thirty vessels belonging to fourteen different owners were treated. Some of them were new customers, some returning ones. They had experienced firsthand the devastating effect of cavitation when a traditional coating system is used. For this reason they decided to use Ecoshield to ensure lasting protection against corrosion and erosion damage for the rudders, nozzle rings and tunnel thrusters of their vessels.

If one takes into account the costs of the temporary underwater repairs and the regular inspections required by a condition of class or the costs for rudder repairs in drydock, it becomes clear that the investment in a coating system that offers extra protection is won back from day one.

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