ANTIFOULING MARINE COATINGS AND THEIR LONG TERM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

The problem of marine fouling and corrosion of ship hulls and marine installations is well known and has been attacked by many research and development groups. The problem is particularly acute in south Louisiana where the brackish and salty water of the wetlands constitute one of the worst fouling areas in the world. The only practical solution to these fouling problems through the years has been the utilization of paints and coatings having antifoulant activity based on a toxic component. Currently the most successful systems appear to be those containing organotin toxicants. As these materials find ever increasing utility and application in the marine industry and in naval operations, their long-term environmental impact on harbors and shipyards will become more important. The assessment of this environmental insult to the wetlands areas of south Louisiana is dependent on our ability to quantify the release of toxicant to the biosphere and to follow the biochemical pathway of the toxicant from release to eventual degradation as innocuous inorganic tin. (Copyright (c) 1979, Louisiana State University.)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    6010 Executive Boulevard
    Rockville, MD  United States  20852
  • Authors:
    • Good, M L
    • Kulkarni, V H
    • Monaghan, C P
    • Hoffman, J F
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00313424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LSU-R-78-029, NOAA-79111306
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM