Tools to optimize anti-fouling systems and cleaning methods
- Decision support tool for selection of optimal antifouling system and cleaning options
The biofouling risk caused by a ship depends on a range of factors, such as the design of the ship, operating practices, trading routes, maintenance history of the anti-fouling system, hull cleaning practices, etc. Thus, each ship has a unique biofouling risk profile and also the optimal management strategy needs to be planned case-specifically.
The ship owners would benefit from a tool that can help them in planning cost effective risk management strategies. Authorities of all Baltic Sea countries, in turn, would benefit from integrated system’s descriptions, where large amount of scattered knowledge is compiled into a logical, visual and interactive format. Integrative, system’s analytic tool produced in COMPLETE project aids in catching the big picture and evaluating the hull fouling risk management from multiple perspectives.
- A tool to optimize hull cleaning needs as a function of the ship’s speed, fuel consumption and emissions
Through pilot actions with shipping companies COMPLETE project provides a practical evaluation of the effects of hull cleaning on energy consumption and emission control. Energy and emission measurements are carried out on live environments while the targeted ships are in traffic. These pilot actions generate experiences that are validated on several shipping lines.
Based on the accumulated experience and knowledge from the pilot actions, a practical tool for shipping companies, and other relevant stakeholders is setup to provide a new method for evaluating the need for hull cleaning. Such a tool will provide estimation on fuel savings, emission reductions and ship’s speed performance, as a function of hull performance. The information will serve wider needs of developing a standard for hull and propeller performance.