How Biofouling Impacts Vessel Efficiency - And How to Fix It

The maritime shipping industry has set ambitious decarbonization targets over the next decade. Shrinking the shipping industry's carbon footprint is going to take a range of innovative solutions and technologies -- from simple solutions like more efficient route planning to more advanced options, such as hull design. Biofouling presents a major threat to the industry's progress toward decarbonization targets. Biofouling is the accumulation of microorganisms, plants, algae, or small animals on wet surfaces that have a mechanical function, causing structural or other functional deficiencies. Maritime shipping and logistics companies face challenges in vessel marine performance related to macrofouling -- the attachment of larger organisms such as barnacles, soft corals, and seaweed.

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