Cathelco anti-fouling for Turkish ferries
Wed, 04 September 2013
The UK’s Cathelco is to supply seawater pipework anti-fouling systems for 14 Turkish ferries, making it the company’s largest single order yet.
Each of the ferries, which are operated by Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri (IDO), will be fitted with Cathelco anodes in three strainers using nylon sleeves to simplify installation.
In operation, the copper anodes are fed with a current from a control panel and produce ions, which create an environmental where barnacles and mussel larvae will not settle or breed.
Erdal Dincer, managing director of Industrial and Marine Suppliers, Cathelco’s Istanbul agent, said: “Although these are relatively small systems they will do an important job in preventing barnacle and mussel larvae from settling and growing on the interior surfaces of pipes.”
Vessels operating inshore are particularly prone to bio-fouling in pipework caused by the growth of barnacles and mussels.
Over a period of time these can cause blockages, which impair the efficiency of engine cooling systems, leading to increased fuel usage.
Eight of the car/passenger ferries have the capacity to carry up to 112 vehicles, while the remaining 6 can carry 66 cars.