What goes on below the waterline stays below the waterline when ships are not maintained properly.
But now a Japanese company has developed a special barnacle-busting paint that dramatically affects a ship’s performance at sea.
When barnacles, green mussels and other organisms adhere to the hull of a vessel, the result is less speed and fuel efficiency because of the added weight and friction.
A subsidiary of leading paint manufacturer Nippon Paint Holdings Co. developed the paint that will go on sale in January.
It says the product repels barnacles, improves fuel economy and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 15 percent relative to standard, existing paint products.