• Hydrex and Subsea Industries at Europort 2015

    Hydrex and Subsea Industries at Europort 2015

    The 37th Europort exhibition for maritime technology in Rotterdam was attended by almost 30.000 trade visitors from all parts of the world. The many exhibitors, including Subsea Industries and Hydrex were very satisfied with the exhibition.

    According to the closing report on the trade show, “This year’s exhibition attracted unprecedented overseas participation, with international visitors up to 22% and 15 country pavilions present. More than 56 events were dedicated to advancing leadership in: technology, efficiency, human capital, and new market opportunities. One of the most successful additions to the 2015 programme was the Europort Masterclass Series, which explored key topics at the leading edge of innovation. The series of six masterclasses along with the four conferences held attracted 1955 delegates.”

    “A vibrant center of the global maritime community, Europort 2015 showed once again the credentials that have made it one of the world’s leading maritime events. Europort exhibitors proved that they are setting the global lead in terms of technology and innovation, driving much needed efficiency within the sector.”

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

    The booth was well manned by Production Executive Manuel Hof,  Sales Officer Steven De Keyzer and Estimations Officer Tamara Mertens.

    Many existing customers, technical people and interested newcomers to Subsea Industries or Hydrex dropped by. They enjoyed the friendly, comfortable and informative atmosphere of the booth.

    In the background Koen Smouts, Hydrex Equipment Officer, and his team performed flawlessly and efficiently in setting up and taking down the booth and making sure that it had everything that was needed, was comfortable and well stocked.

    All in all Europort 2015 was a great success and we would like to thank all of you who visited us there for coming. We look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.

  • Introducing: Subsea Magazine


    We have changed the name of our monthly magazine. Up until now it was always called the Ecospeed Magazine. However, over the last few years the range of products that are covered in this publication have been growing. To represent this we felt that a name change was in order. And what better  name giver than the company that has developed all these products: Subsea Industries NV.

    Our ship hull performance system Ecospeed is off course still an important part of the content of the magazine, but over the last couple of years there has also been a lot of attention for Ecoshield, our coating for underwater running gear. Last year Ecolock, designed for offshore units, joined the ranks. Besides our award winning coating family of hard hull coating systems there is also our evolving line of underwater hull and propeller cleaning equipment.

    Whether it is the range of underwater cleaning equipment or the various coating systems, all products produced by Subsea Industries have the same goal in mind: To keep the underwater part of your vessel in the best possible condition for its entire lifetime at the best possible performance.

    If you would like to learn more about Subsea Industries products contact us for information, or visit our website. If you want to read our new magazine, click on the link below.

  • Ecospeed wins Energy Globe Award 2015

    Ecospeed wins Energy Globe Award 2015

    On 25 June 2015 two delegates from the Austrian Chamber of Commerce at the Austrian embassy in Brussels, Mrs. Martina Madeo and Mr. Henry Simon, visited Subsea Industries nv in Antwerp to present the company with the National Energy Globe Award for sustainability for 2015. Subsea Industries won the award for Belgium for its Ecospeed non-toxic hull coating project. Production Executive Mr. Manuel Hof accepted the award on behalf of the company.

    According to the jury report, “this year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Belgium set out to replace these toxic antifouling coatings with a non-toxic alternative, stopping water pollution and also reducing fuel and greenhouse gas emissions. A win-win situation for both: Humans and environment.”

    "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 1.500 projects and initiatives from a total of 177 countries were submitted for this year’s award.

  • Subsea Industries wins QinetiQ 2014 Maritime Innovation Award

    Subsea Industries wins QinetiQ 2014 Maritime Innovation Award

    The 2014 Maritime Innovation Award – given jointly by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and technology-based services and solutions provider QinetiQ – has been presented to Subsea Industries for the product Ecolock. Now in its second year, the Award recognises outstanding scientific or technological research in hydrodynamics, propulsion, structures and material which offers the potential to make significant improvements in the design, construction and operation of marine vessels and structures.

    “The maritime industry today is facing many challenges as it responds to the increasing demands of operators, regulators and society for greater efficiency, safety and the protection of the environment. Meeting these challenges will require innovative thinking in all sectors of the industry," said RINA Chief Executive Trevor Blakeley. "However, in an industry which is highly dependent on technology, it is in technological and scientific research and development that innovation will have perhaps the greatest impact, in providing ships and marine structures which cost less to design, build and operate, are safer, and are more sensitive to the environment.

    “Ecolock is a fine example of the ongoing technological innovation needed to address industry’s challenges of today, and one worthy of the Maritime Innovation Award,” he added.

    This year's RINA – QinetiQ Maritime Innovation Award was presented to Manuel Hof, Subsea Industries’ Production Executive at the Institution’s 2015 Annual Dinner on 30th April.

  • Hydrex’s 2nd International Sales Conference

    Hydrex’s 2nd International Sales Conference

    More than 30 participants representing 17 countries

    Hydrex and sister company Subsea Industries held the 2015 edition of its International Sales Conference on the 9th and 10th of February. Hydrex is the world’s technology leader in underwater maintenance, repair and fuel saving solutions. Subsea Industries is the supplier of durable coatings Ecospeed, Ecoshield and Ecolock.

    The yearly conference serves as a platform for sales agents to meet one another, learn about new innovations and share their own success stories on how they were able to provide more value to their respective clients.  Attended by more than 30 participants representing 17 countries, the conference served as a great forum for strong cooperation.

    International Sales Manager Rob Wolthuizen led the event. He said that, “Having organized this 2nd sales conference, this was a truly outstanding event mainly due to the motivation and involvement of the attending agents. Thanks to their loyalty and commitment, Hydrex is able to act as a global player and provide the best local support.”

    Also speaking at the event, Mr. Adam Papapetros, General Manager of Bogdanos Marine and agent for Hydrex in Greece, said “We are excited to have this yearly event and to experience the commitment and innovation from the Hydrex team, which we can now jointly provide to our clients. This is a very interesting and creative period and I am proud to be part of the team.”

    Steven de Keyzer, who supports the agent network for the Hydrex activities from the Antwerp office went on to say, “The Hydrex and Subsea Industries sales agent network expanded rapidly during 2014. We are convinced that it is going to make a significant change to our development in the coming years.”

    The list with Hydrex and Subsea Industries agents around the globe can be found here.  We invite all those interested in our products and services to communicate with our local Hydrex and Subsea Industries agent or with the Hydrex offices.

  • Ecolock on the shortlist of the Seatrade Innovation in Ship operations Award 2015

    Ecolock on the shortlist of the Seatrade Innovation in Ship operations Award 2015

    Ecolock has been shortlisted in the Innovation in Ship Operations category. An independent judging panel of maritime industry leading figures have selected the shortlist of finalists for the 27th Seatrade Awards, to be held this year at London’s Guildhall on 6 May.

    Chaired by IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu, the judging panel will decide the winners of these prestigious annual awards only hours before the Ceremony Dinner, where the results will be revealed.

    More information can be found by clicking on this link.

  • ECOLOCK® long-lasting protection for offshore hulls now available

    ECOLOCK® long-lasting protection for offshore hulls now available

    Ecolock is a new product from the makers of Ecospeed and Ecoshield. It is designed to protect offshore vessels for decades without the need for drydocking. Increasingly, offshore vessels such as FPSOs, FSOs, FLRSUs and others used for offshore oil and gas exploration, drilling, storage and transport need to stay out of drydock for 15, 25 even 40 years. The challenge has been to protect the underwater hull from corrosion and to provide a cleanable surface so that the biofouling that accumulates can be removed successfully and safely for UWILD and to reduce weight. Ecolock is the answer to that challenge.

    For decades it has been known that glassflake reinforced hard coatings last longer, are tougher and more resilient, need less repair and replacement than any other type of hull coating. Soft coatings such as biocidal antifouling and foul-release coatings do not hold up well. They need to be repaired or replaced often which is not good news for shipowners and operators and particularly offshore operators who need to keep their ships out of drydock. Their antifouling or foul release properties require that the ship move through the water at relatively high speed. On stationary vessels the fouling simply builds up.

    Since the early 2000s a hard, cleanable, non-toxic, glassflake reinforced coating has been available, Ecospeed. Ecospeed is actually a coating system which combines a hard coating with routine in-water cleaning. The coating holds up for a remarkably long time, even in the ice or other harsh conditions. It can be cleaned as often as needed and becomes smoother not rougher with such cleaning. It has been used in offshore applications.

    It was found over time that a tougher version of Ecospeed, Ecoshield, is an even more effective protection against the forces of cavitation and corrosion that constantly impinge on the rudder and other running gear of a ship. Now Ecospeed and Ecoshield have acquired a cousin, also a glassflake reinforced coating, but this one intended specifically to meet the hull protection requirements of offshore vessels: Ecolock.

    Ecolock is an extremely tough and durable coating designed to remain in excellent condition for 15 - 25 years without drydocking, repair or replacement. Ecolock can be cleaned underwater as often as needed to meet the UWILD and weight requirements of FPSOs, drill ships and other offshore vessels. Ecolock is the result of continual R&D on offshore hull coatings since the 1990s.

    Glassflake reinforced, non-toxic, cleanable

    Ecolock is completely non-toxic. It is a hard, impermeable coating which even the toughest barnacle will not penetrate. This is in direct contrast to antifouling or foul-release coatings. Barnacles and other fouling organisms attach and penetrate those coatings right through to the steel permitting the start and spread of corrosion. In the case of Ecolock the barnacles, coral and other fouling organisms can be removed completely by divers using special equipment, leaving no trace and restoring the coating to its original condition. And because it is non-toxic, it is safe to clean the Ecolock coated hull when needed for UWILD or simply to reduce the weight when too much fouling has accumulated. This can be done even in sensitive waters.


    Surface preparation and application are similar to those required for Ecospeed and Ecoshield.  The coating can be applied very rapidly. No primer, mid-coat, tie-coat, top-coat, corrosion protection scheme or any other complications. Ecolock is simply applied directly to the surface in two or more coats, each of 500µm DFT. Overcoating time is about three hours, depending on temperature and humidity. No special equipment is needed. Environmental conditions required are the usual ones for coating application. The vessel can be launched 24 hours after the final coat has been applied.

    As long as it is standardly applied, Ecolock comes with a 10, 15 or 20 year warranty, if the coating is maintained according to the specifications. The thickness of the coating can be increased to extend its longevity. Even if minor mechanical damage does occur, because of the superior adhesion of Ecolock no undercreep will occur.

    A White Paper with full details about protecting the hulls and tanks of offshore vessels is available in the Publications/Papers section of www.shiphullperformance.org for free download.


  • Hydrex at SMM 2014

    Hydrex at SMM 2014

    The 25th shipbuilding, machinery and marine technology (SMM) international trade fair in Hamburg was attended by more than 50,000 trade visitors from all parts of the world. The 2,100 exhibitors, including Hydrex, spread out over 90,000 square meters, were very satisfied with the fair.

    According to the closing report on the trade show, “With its 26 national pavilions and exhibitors from 67 different countries, this year's fair was more international than ever. For the first time, companies from Egypt, Lebanon and Sri Lanka participated in the fair, and Dubai set up its first-ever national pavilion. The Asian market was well-represented, as well. Major players from Korea, Japan and China showcased their impressive portfolios.”

    “The innovation topic featured prominently on the agenda of this year's SMM, which presented the entire bandwidth of maritime innovation. The exhibits covered a wide spectrum, from large-scale ship engineering and shipbuilding products to ship outfitting and equipment supplies, and from cargo handling systems and maritime technologies to specialised services.”

    Hydrex and Ecospeed
    With several new products and techniques on display, the Hydrex/Ecospeed booth fitted in perfectly with the innovative aspect of SMM. As part of the Dutch pavilion, the booth was a popular spot for visitors.

    The Hydrex booth was well manned by Production Executives Dave Bleyenberg and Manuel Hof,  International Sales Manager Rob Wolthuizen and CEO Boud Van Rompay.

    Many existing customers, Hydrex agents, technical people and interested newcomers to Hydrex and Ecospeed dropped by. They enjoyed the friendly, comfortable and informative atmosphere of the Hydrex booth. Much new business was conducted.

    In the background Koen Smouts, Hydrex Equipment Officer, and his team performed flawlessly and efficiently in setting up and taking down the Hydrex booth and making sure that it had everything that was needed, was comfortable and well stocked. This was not an easy feat when the logistic lines from Antwerp to Hamburg are considered, but one that is typical of any Hydrex mobilization for any job anywhere in the world.

    All in all SMM 2014 was a great success and we would like to thank all of you who visited us there for coming. We look forward to working with you on an ongoing basis.

  • Hydrex diver training programs result in an exceptional safety and efficiency record

    Hydrex diver training programs result in an exceptional safety and efficiency record

    Hydrex can offer its customers the high quality of service they deserve while guaranteeing the safety of the divers at all times. This can only be done successfully by staff who have familiarity with a wide range of operations as well as the relevant know-how.  Our diver/technicians are trained and qualified to perform all required class-approved repair procedures in even the harshest conditions.

    This is a result of the stringent training all divers go through. Whether they work for the Hydrex main office in Antwerp or for one of the other offices. Besides being required to have official international commercial diver certificates and taking high standard external courses, including safety and offshore courses, they also receive comprehensive in-house training.

    Training consists of both theoretical classes in the course room and practical drills on the Hydrex premises. There they have access to a wide range of underwater tools and various other equipment, including three dive tanks in which to practice underwater welding and other repair work.

    In addition to these classes, new divers also get the opportunity to assist experienced Hydrex diver/technicians during operations. The training enables them to become experienced divers and technicians themselves and to take advantage of the technical know-how and practical knowledge Hydrex has accumulated over the last 40 years.

    When their training is completed, Hydrex divers are skilled to perform a wide range of operations. This means that if a shipowner needs assistance, we are able to send a team to the vessel immediately without losing time by having to send our divers for training first. They can carry out both simple and complex jobs even in harsh circumstances and achieve this uniformly without unnecessary loss of time or quality or safety.

  • Fuel and Cost Saving Solutions from Hydrex and Ecospeed at SMM 2014

    Fuel and Cost Saving Solutions from Hydrex and Ecospeed at SMM 2014

    Hydrex and Ecospeed are working hard to help you reduce your fuel bills and improve profits. Our business is keeping you in business and helping you cut costs.

    We will be at stand 440 in hall B7 at the Dutch pavilion, for the duration of SMM. We would like to have an opportunity to discuss your needs and how we can help you with some of the important issues facing shipowners and operators today.

    Fuel savings
    Propeller buffing, a new technique developed by Hydrex, designed to keep a ship’s propeller ultra smooth. We will have results of this technique on display at the booth.

    Ecospeed and routine in-water cleaning results in a super smooth hull over the life of the vessel and is the best guarantee of the highest fuel savings possible. This is achieved with the Ecospeed hull coating and routine in-water conditioning and cleaning. The Ecospeed calculator will be available at the booth to take your figures and demonstrate the fuel and total ownership cost savings attainable for your ship with Ecospeed and routine in-water cleaning.

    Propeller cone fins are becoming increasingly popular. Immediate fuel savings can be achieved and Hydrex can install most brands on-site in the wet, so that ships do not have to wait until their next dry-docking to start saving fuel through increased propeller efficiency.

    Ultimate cavitation and corrosion proofing

    Winner of this year’s Seatrade Innovation in Ship Operations Award, Ecoshield is a special glassflake coating designed to protect rudders and other underwater running gear from cavitation and corrosion damage for the life of the vessel with a single application. Ecoshield will be on display at the Ecospeed booth.

    On-site, underwater repair and maintenance to keep ships out of drydock

    Hydrex underwater repair and maintenance exists to keep ships in business without the need to go to drydock. Onsite major repairs to minor maintenance, wherever and whenever it is needed.

    * Temporary or permanent hull repairs
    * Propeller straightening or cropping
    * Thruster removal, replacement or repair
    * All seal repairs
    * Rudder repairs

    Custom operations to meet a variety of needs. Our engineers and technicians will work with you and OEMs to resolve many problems which you may think can only be dealt with in drydock.

    Find out more at our booth.

    Please come and visit us at Stand 440 in hall B7 at the Dutch pavilion. If you would like to make an appointment for a specific date and time, please call R. Wolthuizen on +31 615 840339 or email to rwolthuizen@hydrex.be. Or contact our office in Antwerp +32 3213 5300

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