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Biofouling

Biofouling is identified as a vector for the transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS).

Biofouling impacts on shipping, offshore structures, recreational craft and aquaculture.

Biofouling increases hull roughness, contributing to GHG emissions and higher EU ETS.

BMS helps clients have efficient Biofouling management using proactive and preventive measures.

IMO requirements for ship biofouling are presented in Resolution MEPC.207(62) Guidelines for the control and management of ship’s biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species.

The United States exercises Biofouling control under US federal law, EPA vessel general permit, and with various states' regulations such as California Code of Regulation

Australia and New Zealand have much more stringent requirements of biofouling control for ships visiting their ports.

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Photo credit; IMO GloFouling partnership

BMS is providing consultancy services for shipping companies for effective biofouling controls. We draft Biofouling management plans for ships. We can also assist with in-water grooming, assessment services for ship hulls and offshore structures.

BMS closely follows development at IMO in an effort to amend the IMO Biofouling guidelines. We are also involved in R&D activities to understand biofouling's impact on fish farming and renewable energy.

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