Biofouling is identified as a vector for the transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS).
Biofouling impact on shipping, offshore structures, recreational craft and aquaculture.
Biofouling increases hull roughness and consequently contribute to GHG emission.
IMO requirements for ship biofouling presented in Resolution MEPC.207(62) Guidelines for the control and management of ship’s biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species.
United States exercise Biofouling control under US federal law, EPA vessel general permit and with various states regulations such as California Code of Regulation
Australia and New Zealand has much more stringent requirement of biofouling control for ship visiting their ports.
Photo credit; IMO GloFouling partnership
BMS is providing consultancy services for shipping companies for effective biofouling controls. We draft Biofouling management plans for ships. We can also assist with in-water grooming, assessment services for ship hulls and offshore structures.
BMS closely follow development at IMO in an effort to amend the IMO Biofouling guidelines. We also involved in R&D activities to understand biofouling impact on fish farming and renewable energy.