Published by the Institute of Marine Science, Engineering & Technology and the International Paint and Printing Ink Council.
The International Maritime Organization’s Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships’ Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species, adopted under resolution MEPC.207 (62) in July 2011, provide a globally consistent approach to the management of biofouling on ships.
The Guidelines give recommendations on general measures to be considered in order to reduce the risk of transfer of biofouling on ships not only in relation to the aspects of choosing the right fouling control paint for the different parts of the ship but also to give consideration to ship design, drydock maintenance, recycling , crew training etc.
The Guidelines suggest that plans for managing the biofouling are developed for each individual ship. Each ship shall also keep on board a biofouling record book to document the various management procedures that have been taken throughout the lifespan of the ship.
Whilst IMO guidance details the information which is important to be recorded regarding fouling control, no formal template is provided in which to capture that information. This document provides such a template to capture all relevant information prescribed in the IMO guidance with particular attention to coatings.
The template encompasses:
- The choice of anti-fouling system (AFS) for the external hull with a check list system to inform this choice;
- Selection of AFS for niche areas where hydrodynamic conditions may differ from those found on the external hull; and
- Planned management actions to be completed between planned dry-dockings to minimise the biofouling on the hull
Note: It is ultimately the ship owner or operator's decision to have and to maintain a biofouling management plan and biofouling record book on-board their ship.