What has been done?
The hull of the newly-constructed “Lütt Deern” was coated with RENOLIT DOLPHIN S. The mooring tug has been operating in the port of Hamburg since the beginning of 2016 and has been intensively attended to by a team from RENOLIT. In spring 2017, the workboat was brought to the dry dock for repairs.
Certified RENOLIT application engineers then came to the Hamburg shipyard, M.A. Flint, to inspect the conditions of the fouling release coating. Based on the positive experience with RENOLIT DOLPHIN S film, another film was applied to the Lütt Deern while it was in dry-dock, namely RENOLIT NAUTILUS, a film which protects against corrosion.
Starting Conditions & Challenges
Mooring tugs and their crews are faced with enormous challenges every day. And to meet these challenges, the mooring boats must be robust. However, the subject of sustainability is also gaining importance.
In this sense, the new construction of the mooring tug “Lütt Deern” should set new standards. “I had the idea of an environmentally friendly boat” says Benito di Racca, Managing Director and owner of H.S.H. Mooring Company in Hamburg. And this is where RENOLIT’s innovative marine films came into play. Above all, RENOLIT DOLPHIN S offers an excellent alternative to conventional painted coatings. This film is based on a high-quality fluoropolymer layer, whose amphiphilic properties hinder fouling with mussels and algae. “But as opposed to other anti-fouling coatings, these do not leach toxins and this is what ultimately convinced me”.
“We have been using the film for almost two years now and have never had problems. When the boat was out of the water, we found almost nothing on the hull. No fouling and no mussels – for me this means: The film works well” says di Racca”. “I am extremely satisfied with the RENOLIT films. It was definitely the right decision”.
Benito Di Racca’s experience with RENOLIT MARITIME films can be also watched in this video
Facts and Figures at a Glance
Owner: H.S.H. Mooring Company, Hamburg
Type of vessel: New construction. Steel mooring tug, 230 HP engine with an emission control system and an encapsulated cooling water system
Films used: Fouling Release (DOLPHIN S), Corrosion protection (NAUTILUS)
Based in the Port of Hamburg
Shipyard: Behrens Shipyard, Finkenwerde/ Germany
In use since: February, 2016