Surface Treated Composites White Book

A proven, non-toxic, cost-effective alternative technology for underwater ship hull protection and biofouling control.

Author: Boud Van Rompay

The Surface Treated Composites White Book is a description of a better, alternative, non-toxic, cost-effective, environmentally safe technology for protecting the underwater hulls of ships and keeping them free of biofouling. “Alternative” because it takes a 180° opposite vector to the generally used, conventional systems of painting the underwater hulls of ships with highly toxic heavy metals and biocides as a means of protecting the hulls and keeping them clean. “Better” because its standard application can reduce the cost of maritime transport significantly while greatly lowering the environmental impact of shipping.

This alternative technology begins with the premises that the marine environment should be kept clean and free of toxic chemicals which pollute the water and contaminate the sediment, that shipping should be able to operate and expand without harming or destroying the very environment on which it operates, that there is a non-toxic answer and that that answer is also the most economical way to sail.

The book is the result of 40 years of research, development, study and practical application and experience added to the wealth of information on the subject which has been researched and recorded by caring and intelligent minds around the world.

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Hydrex Research – Expertise in Water

Traveling the road of discovery

Author: Boud Van Rompay

This short book is a summary of the philosophy behind the activities of Hydrex Research, showing why it is different and so effective. Boud Van Rompay stresses the importance of independent observation and of persistence in research until the problems being researched eventually surrender to the continued observation the increased clarity that this brings. The book also provides examples of the type of environmental research being conducted and covers the various fields of interest, ranging from marine pollution to hydrokinetic energy generation and innovative approaches to dredging which tackle the ever-present problem of turbidity and cleaning up contaminated sediment. The book is full of wisdom on the subject of research, and also covers the practical applications.

Hydrex Group – An Overview

The full scope of Hydrex, Subsea Industries and Hydrex Research, which together form the Hydrex Group, is summarized in this book. The key underwater maintenance and repair operations which Hydrex has pioneered and is known as the top provider for are each shown in photos and case studies. They demonstrate how Hydrex keeps ships out of drydock and in business all over the world. The full line of marine protective and performance coatings offered by Subsea Industries, as well as the underwater cleaning equipment the company provides, are outlined and clearly illustrated. Finally there is a section of the book which covers the activities of Hydrex Research, following a tradition of almost 50 years of research and innovation. This research is largely related to the marine environment and aimed at reducing the harmful impact on it of human activities.

Hydrex White Book: Quantification of Pollution Levels in Harbour Sediments

Quantification of Pollution Levels in Harbour Sediments A GeoSpatial Perspective is the result of a preliminary research project commissioned by Hydrex to quantify and map the levels of pollution in sediments around the world, with particular regard to the heavy metals and toxic substances contained in ship hull antifouling paints. The preliminary project is intended to be the precursor of a complete, ongoing inventory of sediment contamination around the world for use by environmental managers and by legislators and regulators responsible for the marine environment, its health and sustainability. The book helps answer the question, “Should we continue to use the currently available biocidal ship hull antifouling paints?”