• Hydrex wins Energy Globe Award 2017

    Hydrex wins Energy Globe Award 2017

    On 27 November 2017 a delegate from the Austrian Chamber of Commerce at the Austrian embassy in Brussels, Mrs. Martina Madeo, visited Hydrex nv in Antwerp to present the company with the National Energy Globe Award for 2017. Hydrex won the award for Belgium for its Propeller Buffing project. Hydrex CEO Boud Van Rompay accepted the award on behalf of the company.

    According to the jury report, “conventional propeller maintenance methods cause roughness which has several ecological and economical aspects. A rough propeller consumes more fuel and pollutes the sea when polished. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Belgium developed a method which saves fuel and reduces water pollution.”

    "It is our duty and responsibility to assure that our young people will have an intact environment tomorrow." With these words Wolfgang Neumann launched the ENERGY GLOBE World Award for Sustainability in 1999, today’s most prominent and prestigious environmental prize.

    From all over the world, projects are showcased that conserve and protect our resources or that employ renewable energy. The goal is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience, for many of our environmental problems already have good, feasible solutions. More than 2.000 projects and initiatives from a total of 178 countries were submitted for this year’s award.

    Below you can read a summary of the winning project:

    Initial situation
    The traditional approach in the propeller maintenance industry is to polish it with a grinding disk which can be quite damaging to the propeller. By the very fact of using a grinding disk, a substantial amount of metal is removed from the propeller itself. This can alter the shape and efficiency, cause roughness and increase rather than reduce friction. This roughness has several ecological and economical aspects. A rough propeller can consume up to 10% of additional fuel. This is an economical problem, but also an ecological one because of the increased greenhouse gas emission. Then there is the aspect of the polluting particles dropping into the sediment, making it a source of marine pollution which is a problem in a number of ports.

    Hydrex discovered that more frequent, lighter cleaning of the propeller using a different tool to a grinding disk, and catching the propeller before a calcareous layer builds up is actually the optimum approach to propeller cleaning. If done right and done regularly it can result in 5% or even more fuel savings. No material is ground away, which is good for the propeller and the environment.

    Until that breakthrough, there were no smooth propellers. For a ship that has a medium level of fuel consumption, the savings far outweigh the cost of the propeller cleaning itself. Because the propeller is being cleaned regularly any loss of material and hence increased roughness is prevented entirely.

    Propeller buffing is by far the most environmentally safe propeller cleaning technique available today and this made the jury decide to give the Energy Globe Award for 2017 to Hydrex for this project.


  • Constant innovation does not go unnoticed

    Constant innovation does not go unnoticed

    In November a delegation of the Flemish business association and the Antwerp city council visited the Hydrex headquarters in Antwerp. The visit was part of a yearly event called ‘Day of the entrepreneur’ during which the most innovative companies in Flanders are put in the spotlight.

    Ever since Hydrex was founded in 1974 we have been at the forefront of technological developments in our field of expertise. Over the years our in-house R&D department has kept improving the equipment and techniques our teams use for the wide range of services we offer.

    The visit last month offered us the perfect opportunity to showcase some of these technological breakthroughs to an audience outside of the maritime sector. This was done with several demonstrations in our fast-response center and our three training and test tanks.

    A good example of a technique we pioneered are our flexible mobdocks (mini mobile drydock). These make it possible for us to perform permanent dry repairs on seals, thrusters and almost any other part of the underwater vessel on short notice without going to drydock. Another example is our cold straightening equipment. New versions of this machine are regularly put into practice, increasing the range of damage we can repair without cropping.

    Over the last few years our R&D department has also designed several technological innovations. Some will drastically improve the efficiency of repair and maintenance work while others will help clean up the oceans and protect the environment.

  • Hydrex and Subsea Industries at Europort 2017

    Hydrex and Subsea Industries at Europort 2017

    The 38th Europort exhibition for maritime technology in Rotterdam was attended by almost 27.000 trade visitors from all parts of the world. The many exhibitors, including Hydrex and Subsea Industries were very satisfied with the exhibition.

    A total of  1.100 exhibitors including 14 country pavilions welcomed guests, with many of the 40 side events focusing on three core themes: Big Data, The  Human Factor and The Environmental Age.

    The Europort 2017 agenda was enhanced by four ‘masterclasses’ offering  insights into subjects that are now firmly part of the maritime lexicon. Energy Efficiency and Big Data also warranted separate masterclasses, with the latter reflecting the emergence of an industry game-changer as far as fleet management is concerned.

    Elsewhere, the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners opened a ‘Shipowners Lounge’ and overall the Rotterdam event once more demonstrated its credentials as a vital meeting place for maritime business, positioned at the heart of a global community.

    According to the closing report on the trade show, “Europort’s vital role as a hub for global maritime business was reflected in its continuing attractiveness to international visitors.”

    Innovation and expansion

    With a wide variety of products and techniques on display, the Hydrex/Subsea Industries booth fitted in perfectly with the innovative aspect of Europort. As part of the Dutch pavilion it was a popular spot for visitors.

    Well manned by representatives of both companies it maintained a friendly and busy atmosphere throughout the four-day show.

    Many existing customers, Hydrex agents, technical people from all phases of shipbuilding and maintenance and many interested newcomers to Hydrex and Subsea Industries dropped by and enjoyed the friendly, comfortable but businesslike and informative atmosphere. Much new business was conducted.

    In the background our  equipment team performed flawlessly and efficiently in setting up and taking down the booth and making sure that it had everything that was needed.

    Europort 2017 was a great success for us and we would like to thank all of you who visited us there. We look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.


  • Join us at Europort 2017

    Join us at Europort 2017

    Hydrex will be present at Europort in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from November 7 until November 10. We would like to welcome you at our booth 1009 in hall 1, Holland pavilion.
    If you would like to learn more about how Hydrex can assist you, please visit our booth at Europort. Our team will be happy to give you the information you need. You can also contact one of our offices if you would like to make an appointment for the exhibition or if you need assistance. We are at your disposal 24/7.

  • Join us at Nor-Shipping 2017

    Join us at Nor-Shipping 2017

    Hydrex will be present at Nor-Shipping in Oslo from  May 30 to June 2. We would like to welcome you at booth C01-14g in hall C. We are  part of the Holland Pavilion.

    If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please  visit us during the event. Our team will be happy to give you the information you need.

  • Join us at Sea Asia 2017

    Join us at Sea Asia 2017

    Hydrex will be present at Sea Asia in Singapore from  April 25 to 27. We would like to welcome you at booth B2-N01D. We are part of the Holland Pavilion.

    If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please  visit us during the event. Our team will be happy to give you the    information you need.

  • Expanding Hydrex services even more

    Expanding Hydrex services even more

    Since the company was founded in 1974, we have never stopped looking for new ways to assist ship owners. Our constantly growing range of services needs an equally full range of capable staff members. From the technical department doing the planning, over the R&D department handling the engineering aspect to the diver/technicians who carry out the class-approved operations.

    New team members have been recruited in all areas, including a 25% growth of our diver/technician team. They need the best possible work environment to deliver the best possible quality for our customers. A largescale expansion was therefore the logical result of the growth we have undergone in the last couple of years.

    New offices and meeting rooms are accommodating the staff of our headquarters. The existing offices and warehouses as well as the exterior of all buildings have also been refurbished. A totally new workshop has been added to the existing locations, bringing the total area covered to over 5.000 m².

    A swift reaction remains one of the most important elements of our services. Our fast response centers are designed for immediate action whenever needed. They feature a diver training center with three diving tanks and a workshop for constructing equipment, tools or replacement items for underwater repairs.

    Being located in the port has always made the Hydrex headquarters ideally suited to mobilize our workboats to operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, the U.K. and France. Our boats as well as our vans and trucks are fully accommodated to serve as dive support stations and can mobilize at moment’s notice to emergency operations. A wide range of additional state-of-the-art equipment and tools is available at all times in our fast response center and can be loaded onto the boats or vans immediately.

    Recently the dock space available to us has been extended and closed off for traffic. This is the result of our excellent cooperation with the city and the Port of Antwerp. It has expanded the logistic possibilities even further.

    The combination of our increased office size and advanced warehouses allows us to offer you the highest quality services. This is the real reason behind the expansion of our headquarters. We want to provide our customers with the fastest and most cost effective solutions, providing a long-lasting product.

    We invite you to call us 24/7 and get advice on any problem without cost or obligation. We always deliver what we promise.


  • Visit www.subind.net for information on Subsea Industries

    Visit www.subind.net for information on Subsea Industries

    Visit www.subind.net for information on Subsea Industries. On this website you can find information on our range of coating systems and cleaning equipment, as well as the latest news and case studies.

    Technical documents, a list of certificates, an overview of the most important applications, … all of this can be found on this website. The familiar url www.subind.net will guide visitors to our homepage. From here they can navigate easily to the section of their interest.

    Be sure to visit www.subind.net regularly as we will update the website frequently.

  • Hydrex Sales Officer keynote speaker at ship maintenance conference in Rome

    Hydrex Sales Officer keynote speaker at ship maintenance conference in Rome

    On November 15 Hydrex Sales Officer Steven De Keyzer gave the keynote speech at a conference on the advantages of underwater technology for ship maintenance. The event was organized by the Rome branch of Italian naval engineers society ATENA.

    ATENA (Associazione Italiana di Tecnica Navale) was founded in 1947 on the initiative of a group of Italian marine engineers. Its members give competent professional contributions in the field of design, construction and operation of ships, with a focus on transport safety and the marine environment.*

    The event was a great success with a large turnout of representatives of shipowners, the Italian Navy and other marine professionals. Those present were very interested in the wide range of operations Hydrex can carry out on-site and underwater.

    “The event was organized to create the opportunity to inform our audience of the technical possibilities of underwater work,” said Ing. Massimo De Domenico, the President of the Rome division of ATENA. “The conference reached its goal, because it demonstrated that shipowners can avoid going to drydock, both for everyday maintenance operations and challenging repairs.”

    Also present was Mr. Dario Cacciottoli, representing Hydrex’ Italian agent Marine EQ. He stated that “it was a very interesting and well organized event that made it possible to show the wide range of jobs which can be done underwater today.” Mr. Cacciottoli was very pleased that a diverse audience attended the event. “I believe they were happy with the presentations and the interesting discussion at the end,” he said. “We are very thankful to ATENA and especially Mr. De Domenico to give us this opportunity.”

    Keynote speaker Mr. De Keyzer shared the same opinion. “Some people were surprised at the scope of what we can do for their ship without having to go to drydock,” Mr. De Keyzer said. “I encouraged everyone to contact us with any problem they might experience with their vessel. We can give you fast and clear answers and will offer you a solution. Whether you need a simple maintenance operation or a complex tailor-made repair, we can help you.”

    *Source: http://www.atenanazionale.it/

  • Hydrex at Posidonia 2016

    Hydrex at Posidonia 2016

    In June Hydrex and Subsea Industries took part in Posidonia 2016, together with our agent for Greece: N. Bogdanos Marine Bureau. The exhibition was a very successful one for everyone involved and we are already looking forward to the next edition.

    The event set new records in terms of exhibitor floor space, size of conference program and number of visitors. In total, 1.825 exhibiting companies from 90 countries and territories and 19 national pavilions welcomed 22.366 visitors from over 95 countries to their stands.

    According to the exhibition’s post-event press release, Posidonia 2016 has received overwhelming praise from exhibitors and visitors who unanimously agree that this year’s edition of the event has also been the most distinguished in the show’s five-decade long history.

    “We always strive to make the best even better by constantly reinventing the overall offering of Posidonia seeking to further improve and if possible perfect the experience on and off the main venue of the exhibition,” said Theodore Vokos, Executive Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A, the organizers of the event.

    Hydrex Sales Officer Steven De Keyzer was present during the four days of the event. He told us that the N. Bogdanos booth was crowded from start to finish, with many networking chances presenting themselves throughout the four days of the exhibition. “Posidonia 2016 was very satisfying for us. I was able to speak with a great number of interesting people from the shipping world,” said Steven. “New business opportunities have been discussed and existing relationships have been strengthened.”

    We would like to thank all of you who visited us there for coming and look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis. We would also like to invite you to come and visit us during SMM 2016 at the Holland Pavilion in Hall B7, booth 426.

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