Articles | Volume 14, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 14, 661–667, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-661-2018

Special issue: Shipping and the Environment – From Regional to Global...

Ocean Sci., 14, 661–667, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-14-661-2018

Research article 18 Jul 2018

Research article | 18 Jul 2018

Low salinity as a biosecurity tool for minimizing biofouling on ship sea chests

Maria Cecilia T. de Castro et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Jul 2018) by David Turner
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Biofouling results from the colonization of bacteria, algae or animals over natural or synthetic surfaces at sea. Biofouling affects ships' performance negatively, and usual practices to avoid it are related to the use of biocides to intoxicate or prevent the adherence of these organisms. Here, we demonstrated that the use of low salinity for short periods of time can effectively kill these organisms and can be incorporated into vessels' operation routine without causing delay or extra cost.