Following four successful installations for Boluda Towage Europe in 2019, Lamers System Care has received an order to install Sonihull’s Ultrasonic Anti-fouling Systems on a further 11 tugs in the Boluda fleet. The installations provide effective and environmentally safe anti-fouling protection in the vessels’ cooling water inlet pipes, strainers, box coolers, sea chests and onboard fire-fighting systems.
Boluda Towage Europe provides tailor-made towing services to customers in major ports in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The company is part of Boluda Towage Group, which has established itself as one of the leading maritime service providers worldwide.
One of the core values of Boluda Towage Europe is to cause as little harm to the environment as possible. An example of the commitment to this are the company’s five hybrid tugs. In addition, in 2019 Boluda opted to install Sonihull’s sustainable ultrasonic anti-fouling system.
These systems have many advantages compared to impressed current anti-fouling systems. Operators can expect to save up to 90% of capital and lifetime maintenance costs when protecting their raw seawater cooling systems with Sonihull. As a zero-harm solution, there are no poisons or biocides leached into the marine environment, no microplastics are shed from ablative coatings and no toxic metallic ions are left in your wake. Fitting is simple, there is no cutting, drilling or welding and there are no expensive consumable anodes to replace.
In August 2019, Lamers System Care performed the first Sonihull installation on a Boluda tug. Three more followed, including the UNION CORAL and UNION PEARL. On these vessels, Sonihull protects the cooling water inlet pipes, strainers, box coolers, sea chests and firefighting systems from fouling. If the cooling water inlet pipes and box coolers are kept free from fouling, this will prevent all kinds of malfunctions in equipment and main engines. It is important for the strainers that they retain their functionality as a filter. Keeping the fire extinguishing system free from fouling is crucial for fire safety on board the ship.
“We are proud of our professional partnership with Boluda Towage Europe,” said Bob Lamers, Managing Director of Lamers System Care. “The company values sustainability and has a highly innovative character which helps them improve and future-proof their operations, maximizing the performance of their fleet.”