Hull Shield LLC, a leading manufacturer of ultrasonic antifouling products for the marine industry, has launched its new "HDX" product series at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. The HDX series meets the demand for more powerful and robust ultrasonic antifouling solutions that can protect valuable marine assets from biofouling.
Hull Shield HDX systems can protect hulls, props, shafts, jet-drives, steerage, control gear, sea chests, box coolers, pipework, keel coolers, heat exchangers, RSW cooling systems, and bulk tank storage. By using Hull Shield HDX systems, marine operators can enjoy the benefits of reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved performance, extended service intervals, and increased asset lifespan.
"As a USA-based manufacturer, we're proud to be the only company in the world that can provide this level of product performance for the commercial and industrial sectors," said Andreas Schulz, CEO of Hull Shield LLC.
Fouling is a major challenge for the maritime sector and has a significant impact on the performance, efficiency, and safety of marine vessels and structures. According to a study by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), fouling can increase fuel consumption by up to 20%. This results in increased fuel costs and higher emissions. In fact, the IMO estimates that fouling can cost the global shipping industry around $50 billion annually.
Hull Shield's HDX series offers a unique solution to this problem by using ultrasonic waves to prevent biofouling from attaching to surfaces. Hull Shield's HDX series provides the highest unit transfer of ultrasound power in the maritime industry, delivering greater range and penetration when compared to anything else available. The HDX series also offers a host of advanced features, such as smarter algorithms and transducer arrays, wired and wireless connectivity, redundant and modular architecture, and fully shielded transmission cables for worry-free integration near sensitive electronics.
Systems are easy to install and offer a long-term return on investment. Installation does not require any special skills, and components are fitted without the need to dry-dock, cut, drill, or weld.
HDX ultrasonic antifouling systems can be leveraged to add additional layers of protection to a ship's overall antifouling regime, or conversely, systems can replace existing biofouling prevention methods to provide a more sustainable and ecological long-term solution.
Commercial maritime fouling has a substantial impact on the environment, as it requires more energy to overcome friction and maintain a desired speed. According to a report by the IMO, a thin layer of slime covering half of a hull surface can increase GHG emissions by 25 to 30 percent. When more severe fouling conditions are present, such as barnacles or tube worms, emissions can increase by up to 55 percent. Therefore, biofouling management is an essential factor for reducing the environmental impact and operational costs of commercial shipping.
A notable aspect of ultrasonic antifouling is that it does not make use of toxic substances and requires no additional consumables; systems are plug-and-play and require no equipment maintenance. Hull Shield systems provide the means to lower fossil fuel emissions without introducing additional toxins and pollution into the water. Hull Shield ultrasonic antifouling is a safe, sustainable and ecologically friendly solution.
Hull Shield invites you to visit booth 654 at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans from November 29 to December 1, 2023 to discover how Hull Shield's HDX product series can protect valuable maritime assets from costly and time-consuming maintenance issues. The company will have an experienced team that can answer questions, provide product services, and offer quotations for new projects.
Hull Shield LLC is a company based in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, that manufactures fully automated ultrasonic antifouling equipment for the marine industry. Hull Shield product configurations can meet nearly any requirement for commercial, industrial, and recreational applications. The company was founded in 2018 and has since been providing high-quality products and services to customers worldwide. Hull Shield LLC is committed to innovation, customer satisfaction, and environmental protection.