• Theme: Materials and Paint

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    Forget the rumors. There’s no ban on the horizon. Copper was recently EU approved as an active ingredient in antifouling, and there are interesting biocide-free alternatives on the market.   Keeping marine growth off our hulls without damaging ocean life is a real dilemma. And the problem is getting worse, as the...

    The latest ISO industry standards for “environmental” paints and coatings are now in force. ISO 19030 was developed by paint manufacturer Jotun, heading up a working group including 53 other participants. Cutting fuel costs and emissions are now a priority for the entire industry. Jotun says that hull and propeller...

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    Already a buzzword in other industries, composites and biocomposites may be poised to play a greater role in the nautical sector. New regulations governing ship’s emissions and wastewater handling have encouraged many companies to focus on going green. The development of technology to make vessels more...

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    Among the new innovations in a prototype of the Mini 6.50, Arkema 3 includes a new recyclable manufacturing resin to build the boat, a new rig where a soft wing replaces the conventional mainsail and retractable and tilting foils. Arkema 3 is a new contestant to follow closely during the next Classe Mini races. Let’s...