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actual projects
Underwater Cleaning for Professional Shipping

Performed Projects
List of Projects
HAI-TECH Project
Mobile techniques for leisure boat hull cleaning
Antifouling biocides in German coastal & inland waters - How reliable are exposure prognoses of EU scenario models for marinas?
Foulprotect – Fouling Prevention and Protection of Bio-Corrosion for the Maritime Industry
Project of cleaning leisure boats 2012 – 2014
Testing of mobile cleaning tools on hulls of leisure boats
Survey on the Practice with Antifouling Coatings in Marinas of Lower Saxony

List of publications


Changing antifouling practices for leisure boats in the Baltic Sea

Project coordinator: Mia Dahlström, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Borås

Total budget EUR 3.9 million, Duration: 4 years, 1.1.2014 - 31.12.2017

The coastal environment of the Baltic Sea receives a substantial supply of toxic compounds e.g., copper, zinc and tributyltin (TBT) from new and old paints used to deter fouling of marine benthic organisms on leisure boats. Eco-innovations available on the market have reached little acceptance among consumers. The overall objective of the project is to reduce the supply of hazardous compounds, e.g., copper, from paints used on leisure boats to a minimum. Hence, CHANGE, as a target-directed research project with scientists from natural science, business administration and environmental law, will be run in collaboration with boat owners in terms of on-site meetings and close dialogue. The consortium will develop entirely new ways of solving an environmental problem by 1) providing a behavioral explanatory framework for consumers’ antifouling practices, 2) analyzing the impact of the legal framework and market actors, 3) test and evaluate the performance and environmental impact of antifouling techniques and, 4) build up networks and communication strategies for stakeholder collaboration and training. The expected outcome of the project is a deep understanding of how the linkages between individual attitudes, behaviour, market actors, and the legal framework shape the environmental policy performance in the field of toxins from antifouling paints. We will be able to make suggestions of new instruments that will help fulfill the objectives of Baltic Sea policy instruments.

CHANGE partners:

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Borås (Coordinating partner)
Coordinator Mia Dahlström, Mattias Berglin
SIK - the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, Gothenburg
Friedrike Ziegler
University of Gothenburg
Prof. Hans Elwing, Magnus Dahlström, Cecilia Solér, Filip Bladini, Per Jonsson, Lena Gipperth
Stockholm University
Britta Eklund, Erik Ytreberg, Ann-Kristin Eriksson-Wiklund

University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg
Helle Tegner Anker

Aalto University, Espoo
Diane Martin, Ari Ekroos

Laboratory for Freshwater and Marine Research and Comparative Pathology, Hamburg
Burkard Waterman

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