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Development of an Online Ship Performance Monitoring System Dedicated for Biofouling and Anti-Fouling Coating Analysis

Lookup NU author(s): Alessandro Carchen, Dr Kayvan Pazouki, Professor Mehmet Atlar


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The aim of this paper is to present the development of the first deterministic ship performance monitoring system dedicated to hull micro-fouling and coating analysis. The system aims to derive the impact of hull biofouling on the total powering of a vessel with a known and reasonable level of uncertainty. It uses a deterministic approach to calculate the contribution of every significant external disturbance (e.g. wind, waves). It then corrects the measured performance deriving the added contribution of the pure fouling as difference in powering requirement with that of clean hull condition. The Ship Performance Monitoring System is designed and installed on-board the Newcastle University (UNEW)’s R/V The Princess Royal as an automated platform. Field measurements and analysis results are presented and discussed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carchen A, Pazouki K, Atlar M

Editor(s): Volker Bertram

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2nd Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC'17)

Year of Conference: 2017

Pages: 90-101

Print publication date: 29/03/2017

Acceptance date: 10/02/2017