The end of cavitation damage - for good
Now available: the solution to days lost in drydock with cavitation damage to rudders and underwater gear
Cavitation is the biggest cause of rudder damage - and a frequent reason for extra time lost in drydock.
But now your rudder and underwater gear can be safe from cavitation and corrosion damage for life, with a single application of new Ecoshield®. Your ship stays in production longer.
Just one application for complete protection that lasts a lifetime? Yes, that’s right. So it’s no surprise that many owners are already using this system - and applying it to whole fleets after testing on one ship.
Hundreds of vessels
Ecoshield is a special formulation of the well-known Ecospeed hull coating, made by the worlds leading developer of underwater hard coatings. The system is trusted by major shipping lines throughout the world, in all waters from ice to the tropics. It’s in use on literally hundreds of ships. Our clients, like CMA CGM, NYK Line, Hoëgh Fleet Services, Gearbulk, plus many others have been using it for years. Now the new formula Ecoshield, with specific advances for rudder protection, makes rudders even safer.
How does it work?
As you know, cavitation damage occurs where the tiny bubbles caused by moving propeller blades implode against the surface of your rudder - like hitting it repeatedly with a steel tipped hammer. This force creates pitting, and corrosion sets in. But Ecoshield makes an impenetrable layer which absorbs the force of the implosions.
This coating has even been tested by the French Ministry of Defence - they subjected our formulation to military grade trials, and confirmed that it withstands even the most severe cavitation attack.
Ecoshield has layers of glass flakes in a special resin. It is tough but flexible – it won’t disbond, and easily withstands the forces hitting it by harmlessly dispersing the energy.
Ecoshield is so strong that just one application lasts the lifetime of your rudder. Cavitation forces and corrosion just can’t get through. Your rudder stays as good as new, year after year. And for your peace of mind, the system is completely guaranteed for 10 years.
Ship owners have tried everything to solve cavitation damage on rudders. But nothing works as well as Ecoshield. In fact, even sacrificial anodes on Ecoshield rudders generally last many times longer because there is no work for them to do.
Smooth as well as strong
With a low drag factor, Ecoshield‘s efficient surface cuts cleanly through the water, and helps to keep your fuel bills in check. Both Ecoshield and Ecospeed, the companion hull coating, cut resistance so well that fuel penalties can be reduced by 10 to 20%. And any fouling is easily cleaned off.
Ecoshield is also suitable for bulbous bows, stabilizer fins, thruster nozzles and other underwater gear which need special protection from corrosion.
Like it’s twin sister Ecospeed, Ecoshield is environmentally safe. No heavy metals or toxic chemicals to leak into the water. Ports love it because it is clean.
Ecoshield is easy to apply with short drying times and broad temperature and humidity limits. Rudders with existing damage are first made good, then given lifetime protection. That’s it - no more lost production, and 10 years guaranteed freedom from cavitation damage.
Contact us now for information about applying Ecoshield to your vessel.
Find out how it will help your rudder To find out exactly what Ecoshield will do for your rudders, simply email: email@example.com or call: +32 3 213 53 00