NRG Marine signs Ifestos Marine Works as Sonihull Distributor

NRG Marine, the manufacturer of Sonihull, the ultrasonic eco-friendly antifouling system, has appointed Ifestos Marine Works as its Eastern Mediterranean distributor.

Darren Rowlands, Commercial Director of NRG Marine, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Ifestos Marine Works as our distributor for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Ifestos is fantastically positioned in the heart of the region’s burgeoning Offshore Oil & Gas Industry.”

(above) A Sonihull 8 control unit and its eight transducers prior to installation

From its base within the New Port of Limassol, Cyprus, Ifestos Marine Works, part of the EDT Offshore Group, offers Dry Dock, Shipyard and Ship Repair Services. Ifestos’ facilities are able to berth vessels up to 160m meaning maintenance and repair works can be undertaken alongside, or alternatively, vessels can be attended at anchorage.

Being centrally-located between the busy shipping lanes of Europe, Asia and Africa, Ifestos Marine Works is ideally situated for Shipowners and Ship Managers needing to dry dock their vessels in Cyprus with minimal downtime.

(above left) Box Cooler without an ultrasonic antifouling system
(above right) Box Cooler with Sonihull, after 12 months in service

Having sold and installed a Sonihull 8 ultrasonic antifouling system on a Hopper Dredger, Ifestos is now Sonihull’s distributor for Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, which delivers an unmatched combination of qualities, providing effective bio-fouling control in raw seawater (RSW) handling equipment, without the poisonous environmental legacy of biocides, metal compounds or Microplastics.

The system is easy to install, as the ultrasound transducers are bonded to the dry-side of the RSW equipment or pipework being protected. This removes the need for any drilling or welding, and the requirement for extra pressure-testing and Classification surveys.

With simple installation and no expensive anodes to replace, a Sonihull system can reduce capital and MRO costs by up to 95% compared to similar impressed-current antifouling systems. Sonihull will reduce maintenance costs, extend maintenance intervals and can facilitate quick mothballing and reactivation without the need to dry-dock.

Creon Tchacos, Director of Ifestos Marine Works, said: “Traditionally, to refurbish the NRF box coolers and replenish the impressed-current antifouling system, the vessel would have to be taken out of service, drydocked in order to drain the whole cooling system to complete the repairs. But with NRG’s solution, none of this is necessary.”

“With the Sonihull system there is no cutting or welding required in the seachests, so it can be installed while the vessel is alongside or even when operating out at sea. Which represents a huge cost-saving for the Owner.”

Protect your vessel

Sonihull’s mission is to deliver environmentally safe, cost effective antifouling wherever unwanted bio-fouling persists. Our vision is:

To make dosing the oceans with poisonous biocides and microplastics a thing of the past
To deliver effective antifouling systems using the power of ultrasound
To save the oceans, one ship at a time