Aquarius Marine Coatings Ltd to offer award-winning anti-foul solution

Aquarius Marine Coatings Ltd. (AMC) has announced the launch of its award-winning anti-foul coating, Coppercoat-Commercial, in the offshore oil and gas sector. The coating, which contains exceptionally high levels of copper, a natural anti-microbial agent, protects sub-sea infrastructure against layers of plant, animal and microbe growth while meeting environmental and safety standards.

It ensures that underwater infrastructure continues to meet expected performance levels, contributes to the integrity of structures, and helps reduce maintenance costs.

The launch follows the completion of a five-year trial funded by EDF Energy and undertaken by Plymouth Marine Labs (PML) in the UK, which concluded that Coppercoat-Commercial is the best protective anti-foul solution for underwater turbines. Although the trial was carried out with a view to supporting wave and hydro power facilities, the same coating can be applied equally to any static or dynamic sub-sea structure to enhance the longevity and efficiency of both fixed and floating platforms, particularly in areas of significant marine flow.

Further research conducted by Dr Tom Vance at PML looked at loss of paint thickness over time and showed that Coppercoat-Commercial was also the most effective anti-foul in terms of longevity, losing just 4.3 per cent over the five-year trial period.