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The smoothest way to reduce your fouling costs

Today, conventional antifoulings are trying to prevent marine growth by use of toxic ingredients in a paint. Always with the same effect: short period of performance and the vessel needs speed and continuous movement to achieve performance.

Finsulate shows there is a simpler and safer solution, leaving paints behind!

See the differences between Finsulate,
Self Polishing Antifouling and Silicone Antifoulings

As Finsulate is not a paint supplier, Micanti was not stuck to the paint concept and had a clear look around. In many applications, paints are replaced by films . One application was not looked at: the underwater hull of vessels. Based on a physical concept,Finsulate has been able to develop an antifouling film that is suitable for all circumstances worldwide, whether you are moored or sailing.

No questions asked! That’s what we call: Antifouling Reinvented!

Finsulateantifouling is patented worldwide and has won the Dutch SME Innovation Top100 2014.

Finsulate: Keeps Fouling at a Distance

During the past years of commercializing antifouling wraps, Finsulate has realized that there is no perfect solution to the fouling issue. People have been fighting fouling for centuries and no perfect solution emerges. As long as the fouling pressure is high enough and ships are moored long enough, fouling will occur. This does not mean it is not a manageable problem and moreover, with a fiber technology like Finsulate, in most cases fouling is prevented adequately. The key to its success is that Finsulate does not try to kill the organisms, but merely keeps them at a distance: the fibers prevent the organisms from reaching the hull of the ship.

How it works

Finsulate is a physical barrier against marine growth such as mussels and barnacles. Finsulate is not a paint but a self-adhesive film which is applied on the hull of a vessel. By using specific short fibers, settlement of fouling is prevented.

Finsulate initially has been used for moored objects like fish farms. Fish farms are the most difficult objects to prevent marine growth on. Fish is fed continuously and therefore the nets are an attractive environment for other species to settle such as barnacles and mussels. Micanti has proven to be effective on fish farms for more than 5 years and the story still goes on. As an additional feature, the physical nature of Finsulate antifouling guarantees 100% environmental friendliness.

In the past few years, Finsulate has been introduced in the professional shipping market and has been developed further for the pleasure craft industry. Applications have been done on workboats and pleasure craft in The Netherlands, Middle East, Singapore and the US. Finsulate is patented worldwide.

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Finsulate has been tested extensively at institutes like MARIN, TNO and Delft University of Technology as well as in practice on vessels.

Impact of fibers on the drag

Finsulate has extensively tested the effects of the fiber structure on the hydrodynamics of ship hulls. What we see in practice and in labs, is that the fibers are changing the water flow and are not causing extra drag compared to a smooth hull. As the antifouling effects of Finsulate Antifouling are superior to conventional antifouling, fuel savings are generated based on keeping the hull of the vessel clean.

Whether fibers and film are damaged easily

One of the main questions people are asking is, whether the film can be damaged easily. As you will see in the movie this is not the case. Actually, we believe it has excellent properties to resist damage. Secondly, the film is built as such that it can only be damaged on the spot.

Adhesion of the film on the hull of the vessel

Another question, clients offen ask, is whether the film will remain on the hull, for example during high speed operations. Yacht owners have used Finsulate up to 30 knots without any problem.