Experience has shown the effectiveness of the Cathelco marine growth prevention system (MGPS) on luxury yachts and commercial vessels over a period of 50 years. However, during 2018 Cathelco will be carrying out tests to quantify the efficacy of the system on a number of yachts including some based in Palma.
This is to meet the requirements of ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency which monitors the use of biocidal products. Cathelco have worked closely with the agency and were one of the founding members of a task force to gather and submit data for an active substance dossier concerning the use of copper in seawater. As a result, Cathelco are one of a few manufacturers in the world listed as an authorised supplier of copper based MGPS for the marine and offshore markets in Europe.
“The tests will provide us with more thorough and up-to-date data to meet ECHA’s requirements”, said Leena Ladwa, a marine growth prevention scientist at Cathelco.
The test programme will be carried out on three yachts which will have Nano anodes fitted in their strainers, each wired to control panels in the standard configuration. The first system has already been installed on an Oyster yacht by Echo Marine engineers in Palma who will also be involved in gathering the data throughout the programme.
Every month, each of the yachts will be required to take photographs of the inside of the strainers and the anodes. The pictures will be sent to Cathelco for analysis along with the data from log sheets.
Cathelco expect that by the end of the one year period they will acquire three individual data sets, which will demonstrate the effectiveness of the marine growth prevention system, justified by the lack of macrofouling observed on the vessels. At the same time, while creating an important relationship with builders such as Oyster Yachts, Cathelco hope that this efficacy test will demonstrate to the marine industry the undeniable effectiveness of the MGPS, in realistic conditions, thus boosting its worldwide use.