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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

The Incredible (Green) Hull

 

How can you make the world’s ocean-going fleets more eco-friendly? Martin Klein, assistant marine superintendent at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has an answer. By using a new kind of paint on the R/V Roger Revelle, the flagship of the Scripps fleet, he reduced the carbon emissions of the Scripps research fleet by 30 tons and saved more than 27,000 gallons of fuel annually.

Unlike traditional antifouling paints, this new product only needs to be applied every six years as opposed to two. It is a non-toxic, non-ablative system meaning it won’t flake off and contaminate the oceans with toxic chips. The paint also maintains a slick com­position, similar to the skin of a dolphin, which reduces drag by releasing marine organisms, preventing them from securing to the ship’s bottom.

“At Scripps, our mission is to study and protect our oceans and planet…,” says Klein who was recognized for his efforts at UCSD’s third annual Sustainability Awards in April.“As ships’ crews and land-based support, we continually search for non-polluting, energy-efficient, and carbon-neutral ways to do our work.”

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario C. Aguilera, ’89, Christine Clark, ’06, Dolores Davies, Caitlin Denham, Raymond Hardie, Kim McDonald

Photography: Munro County Library, Loren McClenahan, Mandeville Special Collections and Scripps Institute of Oceanography

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