New antifouling regulation, are the antifouling paints reaching their limits ?

A new regulation regarding antifouling paints entered into force on December 31st, that’s to say yesterday.

What is this all about? Antifouling paint manufacturers have to send detailed reports of their paints so that it can be verified that they are compliant to the new regulation in order to be less toxic for the environment but also for the applicators.

This will concern both private yachtsmen and all professionals dealing with these paints.

A contradictory regulation. 2 points are important to be underlined. The first one is the aim is to use less biocides which are toxic. The second point is that using less biocides, antifouling paints are less effective, meaning that the hulls get dirtier quicker which leads to a higher fuel consumption…. A bit of food for thought for 2018…

What to do if one has still some of the non compliant antifouling?

Private yachtsmen still have another year to use it whereas manufacturers and distributors only have 6 months.

Once this period is over, some controls should be taking place, it seems difficult to check all private yachtsmen though.

Is the end of “traditional”antifouling paints might be showing up, opening new doors to other antifouling solutions such as silicon paint, silicon panels glued to the hull or even antifouling infused hulls ? Or even the old good mechanical option having regular divers cleaning the underwater hull ?

The French navy and commercial vessels already use extensively silicon paints and are very pleased with the results.

Will a less efficient and less toxic antifouling paint which still requires the boat to get out of the water at least once a year for a higher fuel consumption be still worth it ?

Hoping this first article has been of interest for you.

Do not hesitate to give me some feedback.

Le Havre Naval Projects wishes you The Best for 2018 !

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