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For any type of vessel – whether it be passenger, military, patrol, search and rescue, fire or spill response or crew transfer vessel – when it comes to knowing your vessel is operationally ready at a moment’s notice, more agencies, owners and operators are turning to Propspeed to protect their underwater assets.
The protection of underwater assets goes beyond operational readiness. With cost always at the forefront of a vessel manager’s mind, there are so many factors that need to be considered. There are fuel costs, maintenance costs, the costs of repair and replacement of key components, as well as the costs and loss of revenue that can incur if a vessel is out of commission and in the yard. These costs can easily and inexpensively be reduced through the protection of the vessel’s propellers, thrusters, shafts, intakes, cooling systems and all other underwater metals, with one product line designed specifically for these surfaces.
Offering all-in-one protection, the Propspeed coating system is the best defense against marine growth, corrosion and electrolysis for all underwater metal assets. Propspeed’s ultra-slick topcoat is specially formulated to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline and is proven to increase efficiency throughout a vessel’s entire service cycle. Propspeed ensures that a vessel can run at peak efficiency, free from marine growth and damaging corrosion and electrolysis while reducing fuel burn, maintenance costs and downtime, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing boat speed.
The Propspeed system, developed for running gear and underwater metals, features an exceptionally strong chemical and mechanical bond between the metal substrate, the Etching Primer and the Clear Coat – ensuring the Propspeed coating has strong adhesion to running gear.
A proven product in the field, Propspeed has been rigorously tested by electronics and parts manufacturers to obtain endorsements and is currently in service with ferry companies, research vessels, commercial fishing fleets, as well as NZ Navy vessels HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Canterbury. For installers and shipyards, Propspeed’s in-field technical support and training is available globally and the Propspeed Commercial Kit is packaged in quantities to meet the demands of commercial applications.
Propspeed has sales and technical staff worldwide to service its customers and three warehouses globally to be able to quickly service key markets: Florida for North and South America, the Netherlands for Europe, and New Zealand for Pacific and Asian markets. In addition, the company has distribution partners in over 30 countries. Products are tested and validated by three third-party testing facilities: New Castle University in the United Kingdom and Callahan Innovation and Auckland University in New Zealand.
Propspeed’s full line of products include Propspeed for running gear and any underwater metals, Foulfree for transducers and Lightspeed for underwater lighting. For more information on Propspeed or its coatings, click here.
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