Did you know that 80% of global trade moves via freight vessels?
The shipping industry plays a vital role in world trade and is among our oldest-running industries, and is responsible for transporting 70-80% of goods brought into Canada.
Over the past 30 years, we have seen a significant increase in marine shipping traffic as the demand for global trade grows. With the number of ocean-going vessels traversing the oceans, they must run efficiently and free from fouling.
Biofouling results in sea life blockage of the sea suction, sea chests, fire suction, cross-over tanks, seawater piping systems, box coolers, heat exchangers, etc., potentially shutting down critical systems. It may also be found on the hull exterior and is consequently responsible for decreasing its speed and fuel efficiency while increasing emissions and maintenance costs.
Biofouling poses a significant problem not only for the ship but a problem for the Blue Economy. The commercial shipping industry must also consider the unintentional transport of foreign species to new marine environments. Aquatic invasive species create disruptions to an estimated cost of $5.5 billion per year in Canada.
Biosecurity and biofouling are critical concerns for the marine industry. Commercial shipping will need careful consideration in the coming years. They must ensure a vessel’s efficiency, healthy waterways, a flourishing economy, and biosecurity.
EMCS Industries provides turnkey antifouling solutions that efficiently lengthen the time between service intervals, extending the vessel’s life in the fleet and increasing its speed and fuel efficiency. Furthermore, it will decrease emissions and maintenance costs and diminish invasive marine species’ cross-contamination.