Efficient – Protects the boat from the sea and the sea from the boat

Advancing Antifouling Coating Performance through Rigorous Evaluation and Testing

To evaluate and optimize coating formulations, our team conducts static panel tests that simulate real-life conditions. Coated panels are carefully mounted on a raft and exposed to sea water, enabling us to closely monitor and assess the antifouling performance. These tests are conducted in coastal waters known for their high fouling intensity, representing a worst-case scenario. Various standards and guidance are employed to assess the type and extent of fouling, categorizing them into slime, algae, and animals. We quantify the antifouling performance by calculating fouling coverage percentages or fouling resistance.

Since 2018, EnCoat has been testing coatings on sea panels using encapsulated biocides, comparing them to traditional commercially available paints. Our results demonstrate that the encapsulated coatings perform equally well or even better.

We meticulously analyze the multiple parameters that influence biofouling settlement and prevention in the marine environment, such as temperature, salinity and pH. To ensure broad applicability, we have conducted thorough analyses, including testing panels in Oman under extremely aggressive biofouling conditions. Our encapsulation method has been successfully proven with the most commonly used biocides for both yacht and maritime coatings.

Through our comprehensive testing and analysis, we are committed to advancing the performance of antifouling coatings and delivering effective solutions for a wide range of marine environments.