• Dive support workboats offer many logistic possibilities for Hydrex customers

    Dive support workboats offer many logistic possibilities for Hydrex customers

    The Hydrex headquarters in Antwerp has two dive support workboats available for immediate mobilization. Both vessels can be used for a wide range of operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France.

    The catamarans are fully equipped as dive support stations with hydraulic cranes, hydraulic winches, nautical and communication equipment and a dive control room. A PDF document with details about the vessels can be found here or requested by contacting our office in Antwerp.

    The workboats are usually docked right outside the Antwerp office, where a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment and tools is available at all times.

    Hydrex has experienced and certified teams of diver/technicians ready to mobilize together with the workboats. They can carry out routine operations as well as highly technical repair work within a very short time frame and all to Hydrex’s well-known high quality standards.

    You can contact us 24/7 for more information about these vessels or the underwater services Hydrex offers.

  • Hydrex international sales conference

    Hydrex international sales conference

    On the 11th and 12th of June 2014 Hydrex and Subsea Industries hosted an international sales conference which was attended by many of the companies’ agents from around the world. The conference was a highly instructive event for all those attending and everyone left with renewed enthusiasm for selling and supporting Hydrex underwater repair and maintenance services and Ecospeed and Ecoshield in all parts of the world.

    Agents attended from Canada (new agency just appointed), China, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Japan, Russia, Sweden, with Hydrex sales personnel from the USA and Belgium. Hydrex International Sales Manager Rob Wolthuizen led the event. There were technical and commercial presentations from Rob, Manuel Hof, Dave Bleyenberg and David Phillips, guest presentations from Mr. Gert Hendriksen, Managing Director of Maritime Propeller Repairs BV and Mr. Peter Zoeteman, Managing Director of Netherlands Maritime Technology. There were also practical demonstrations of Hydrex technology and a tour of Antwerp harbor on a Hydrex workboat.

    Feedback from the conference was excellent. It has promoted a greater spirit of cooperation amongst agents and between Hydrex and Subsea and its agencies.

    The Hydrex/Ecospeed agency network has been expanding considerably recently. A full list of current, active Hydrex and Ecospeed agencies can be found here. We encourage all our customers to work with their local Hydrex and Ecospeed agent as well as with our central offices.

  • Hydrex 40 Years On

    Hydrex 40 Years On

    On the 16th of May 2014, Hydrex celebrated its 40th birthday. The company was officially founded by Boud Van Rompay in Antwerp, Belgium, on 16 May 1974 with the very specific and broad purpose of researching and developing underwater technology that would help keep ships out of drydock and in business and at the same time minimize the impact of shipping on the marine environment by the use of sustainable technologies for hull protection and fouling control.

    Over the intervening years Hydrex has pioneered many new techniques for underwater maintenance and repair, such as cofferdams and habitats, flexible mob-docks, propeller straightening and cropping with in-house designed equipment, industrial strength hull cleaning equipment and so on.

    After a great deal of research which began in the early days of Hydrex, Ecospeed was developed as a non-toxic hull coating and fouling control system which combines a hard, non-toxic coating with routine in-water cleaning – the most sustainable and cost-effective answer to protecting the hulls of ships and maximizing their fuel efficiency by maintaining ultra low friction for the life of the vessel. This was followed by Ecoshield, the toughest and most resilient protection from cavitation and corrosion damage for rudders and underwater running gear. This year Ecoshield was awarded the prestigious Sea-Trade Innovation in Ship Operations Award.

    For 40 years Hydrex has been and continues to be at the forefront of pioneering and developing underwater technology to keep ships operational and reduce the environmental impact of shipping.


  • Ecoshield Wins Seatrade 2014 Innovation in Ship Operations Award

    Ecoshield Wins Seatrade 2014 Innovation in Ship Operations Award

    The Seatrade 2014 Innovation in Ship Operations Award was won by Subsea Industries for its breakthrough product Ecoshield, ultimate protection from cavitation and corrosion/erosion damage for ship hulls, rudders, and ship underwater running gear.

    The Innovation in Ship Operations category was sponsored by ASRY. and judged by a very distinguished and knowledgeable panel of judges, chaired by Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of International Maritime Organization (IMO). The award was presented by HRH The Princess Royal and accepted for Subsea Industries by David Phillips, Hydrex Group Communications Executive at the Seatrade 2014 Awards Dinner held at the Guildhall in London on April 14th, 2014.

    Boud Van Rompay, Founder of Hydrex and Subsea Industries and the developer of Ecoshield said, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. We know that the judges are highly expert and discriminating and we take the award as a very valuable acknowledgement for our achievement with Ecoshield. It is a simple solution that puts an end to cavitation and corrosion damage which has plagued the shipping industry for more than a century.”

    According to the judges of the Seatrade 2014 Awards “it is recognized that cavitation damage has been a very significant problem that ship operators have had to contend with since metal rudders were placed behind propellers in order to steer ships. The judges consider that this entry represents a significant development in the protection afforded to rudders, which has been extensively tested both in terms of preventing cavitation damage and assessing its environmental performance.”


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