NRG Marine, the UK-based manufacturer of the Sonihull ultrasonic anti-fouling system has appointed Quantum Marine Marketing as an agent
NRG Marine’s commercial director Darren Rowlands said “We are delighted to appoint Quantum as our agent in the commercial shipping sector. Quantum is well-established in the sector and Nick Dalton’s background as a marine biologist gives us a big advantage when addressing the environmental and legislative challenges of biofouling control. We are looking forward to working with Quantum to fulfil the potential in our home market and to maintain our rapid overseas growth”.
Quantum Marine Marketing managing director Nick Dalton said “I’m thrilled to be able to get my teeth into representing Sonihull in the commercial marine sector. I’ll be getting the word out straight away that operators have an additional tool to reduce marine fouling and its associated costs, one that is quick and easy to install, reliable, has low power consumption and requires zero maintenance.”
The Sonihull system uses low power multi-frequency ultrasound transducers to induce cavitation on the surface being protected. Microscopic bubbles form momentarily and then collapse forming a tiny vacuum; it is this action which stops most marine growth from gaining a foothold, without damaging the structure itself or any existing coating.
The ultrasound transducers are bonded to the dry side of the RSW equipment or pipework being protected, removing the need for drilling, welding, extra pressure-testing and classification surveys.
The technology works on all hard surfaces and is especially effective in locations where conventional antifouling is either impractical to apply or struggles to perform. Areas like seachests, salt water pipework, box-coolers, jet drives, propellers, shafts and steering gear, where flow rates are either too low or too high for ablative coatings to be effective. Adaptors also allow Sonihull transducers to be fitted to turning gear and any size of pipework as in the three LPG tankers operated by Norbulk Shipping.
Mr Rowlands commented “2026 is the current line-in-the-sand for the Biocidal Products regulation. Not only can we deliver great antifouling performance at a fraction of the cost, we can ensure that owners are ahead of potential environmental legislation too. It’s a win-win for owners and the marine environment.”