Leading-edge antifouling technologies, bio-inspired coatings, international regulation of antifouling products and other issues critical to the marine coatings industry will be among the topics at the upcoming 16th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling, set for June 25-28 in Seattle.
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|A ship in drydock for refit shows the green film under her waterline left by marine biofouling.|
The Congress is the world’s foremost scientific conference on fouling and corrosion of materials in the sea. It brings together leading international researchers and representatives from industry, universities, defense and other government organizations to discuss the recent scientific, operational and environmental developments in marine biofouling, coatings and corrosion.
Established by the the Comité International Permanent pour la Recherche sur la Préservation des Matériaux en Milieu Marin (COIPM), a French marine research organization, the Congress began in France in 1964.
Until 2002, the meeting was held every three or four years. Since then, however, the pace of change in the field has warranted meetings every two years, organizers say.
This year’s meeting is expected to draw more than 300 delegates, said Dr. Geoffrey Swain, current COIPM chair and Professor of Oceanography and Ocean Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology.
The last Congress was held in Newcastle, UK in July 2010 and “was a showcase for the high-quality science that has become a hallmark of this conference,” said Swain.
Among the presentations and discussions planned for this year:
Bio-inspired Marine Coatings will cover fundamentals and applications of bio-inspired marine coatings, which employ interrupting or inhibiting biological adhesives made by barnacles, tubeworms, mussels and seaweed to prevent settlement, adhesion or growth of macrofouling organisms.
Marine Corrosion Materials and Coatings will address corrosion prevention in the marine environment using aluminum alloys and other materials. Topics will include corrosion mechanisms, mechanical failures, coating systems, case studies, material selection and performance.
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|Flakes of antifouling paint removed from a hull are left on the ground in an area that is under water during high tides. Sessions at the Congress will include environmental regulation.|
Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion will present recent developments in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of MIC in marine habitats and provide an overview of current and future approaches to its prediction, prevention and mitigation.
Ship Hydrodynamics and Energy Efficiency will focus on the current understandings of the role that marine fouling plays in ship performance and efficiency.
Regulatory and Environmental sessions will cover the growing local, regional and international regulations and legislative initiatives that affect antifouling products. Environmental issues affecting current antifouling products will also be discussed.
New Approaches to Antifouling Testing Methods will address methods to assess the performance of coatings under dynamic conditions, methods to predict the long-term performance of fouling-release coatings, and a variety of other topics.
Biofouling Issues for Industry will cover biofouling issues and emerging technologies pertinent to maritime industrial operations, including shipping, offshore constructions, the oil and gas industry, water treatment and emerging hydroenergy installations.