MACSEA to present hull condition monitoring paper at Intelligent Ships IX – May 25, 2011

MACSEA will present a paper entitled “Using a Ship’s Propeller for Hull Condition Monitoring” at the upcoming Intelligent Ships Symposium IX sponsored by the American Society of Naval Engineers.

As a ship’s hull condition degrades due to marine fouling, more power and fuel are needed to maintain service speeds. A by-product of the increased fuel consumption is increased Green House Gas emissions. Rising fuel costs, increasing hull maintenance expenses, and mounting environmental regulations make hull condition monitoring a crucial tool for prudent ship operators to eliminate energy waste due to hull fouling, reduce carbon emissions, and eliminate the carriage of invasive species between ports. In addition, the uncertainty over paint performance based on manufacturer claims can now be eliminated through independent, scientific hull condition monitoring.

Methods for using a ship’s propeller to accurately track  power and fuel penalties due to hull fouling will be presented, along with salient results of using the techniques to monitor two Navy sisterships over a year-long time period. This information may be useful for both Naval and commercial ship operator personnel responsible for hull/propeller maintenance and hull paint selection.

The Symposium will take place on May 25-26, 2011 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. More information can be found at the ASNE Web site:

Click below to download the paper …

Using a Ships Propeller for Hull Condition Monitoring

Posted in: Hull Medic ™, Hull Paint Performance on May 4th by macsea

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