Ocean-going vessels entering the ports of California will be required to have minimum bioufouling on the underwater portion of their hulls and niche areas. Ships that have a record that shows that the coating on their hull is still within the specified lifetime will be presumed to be in compliance. A ship whose coating is beyond its life span, or is not using an antifouling coating at all, will be inspected and must not exceed 5% biofouling on the hull and not more than 15% in niche areas, however several niche areas are exempted for safety reasons.
The Marine Coatings Committee plans identifies and deals with problems specific to marine and offshore coatings manufacturers, and establishes and maintains communications with all segments of the marine industry, including shipbuilders, ship operators, naval architects and government agencies. Over the last several years, the committee’s issues have taken on an increasingly international component in light of the growing influence of international regulatory regimes affecting marine coatings. It works closely with the International Paint and Printing Ink Council’s (IPPIC) Marine Coatings Sector, which now has consultative status as a non-governmental organization with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
ACA’s Antifouling Coatings Work Group is a subcommittee that was formed out of the efforts of the Marine Coatings Committee in the antifouling coatings area. It focuses on U.S. antifouling coatings issues and works primarily through coatings and raw material supplier ACA member company representatives.
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Director, International Affairs