The spread of invasive aquatic species to new environments by ships has been recognised as a major threat to the planet’s freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems.
Today, a documented clean hull is a ticket to port in some areas. The IMO has published Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimise the transfer of invasive aquatic species.
While there is no single industry standard addressing this at present, NGO Bellona Foundation and Jotun are leading the Clean Hull Initiative (CHI) – an industry consortium whose aim is to develop standardized ways for proactive hull cleaning to tackle biofouling.
Read more about the Clean Hull Initative here
Committed to protecting biodiversity
Avoiding the transfer of invasive aquatic species is made possible by maintaining an clean hull. The timely removal of biofouling at its geographical origin reduces the risk of spreading invasive species in the new waters. Proactive biofouling management is a solution to protect biodiversity.
In Jotun, we design high performing antifouling solutions to helping to protect our oceans and water courses in a diverse range of aquatic environments across global shipping routes. Jotun Hull Skating Solutions (HSS) removes fouling at a microfouling stage before it becomes a biosecurity risk.
Jotun HullKeeper’s monitoring and prediction service identifies hull fouling at the earliest possible stage. If confirmed by the subsequent inspections, then cleaning the hull as soon as convenient will ultimately contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.
A clean hull ensures clean operations. Clean operations protect biodiversity. At Jotun, we believe our products and services play an important role in maintaining a clean hull and protecting biodiversity.
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