Feb 2010


See the link below to upload a PDF version of Wei Qiu's Presentation

Technical Meeting



WHAT: Meeting with Technical Presentations  

WHEN:  Tues 16 Feb 2010, 7pm

WHERE: Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 376 Purcell’s Cove Road  



1)  Dr. Wei Qiu, will be giving a presentation on the " Harsh  Environment  Research  Program at the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, Memorial  University


OF FOUL RELEASE COATINGS,  International Paints (akzo noble) 


See abstracts below-

FORMAT: Cost $10 per member, Finger food and will be served. Bar available.

RSVP by  14   Feb :

pope.jim@fleetway.ca     OR




Overview of the Harsh Environment Research at OERC


Prof. Wei Qiu, Director, Ocean Engineering Research Centre, Memorial University


The Ocean Engineering Research Centre (OERC) at Memorial University is well recognized for its international reputation in ocean engineering research. American Bureau of Shipping has recently established the Harsh Environment Technology Centre at Memorial which is a joint initiative with OERC to conduct applied research to study vessels and offshore structures operating in ice covered waters, low temperature environments and severe wave and wind climates.  The presentation gives an overview of OERC’s harsh environment research involving engineering design for harsh environments, Arctic engineering, marine hydrodynamics, marine and offshore structures and safety, autonomous ocean systems and ocean sensor technologies.



                                 OF FOUL RELEASE COATINGS


Art Robichaud, Area Manager, International Paints


The shipping industry is more energy efficient than other forms of transport, but still consumes an estimated 300 million tons of fuel annually. The industry has tried to find viable means of energy saving for decades. One way to do this is through the use of antifouling coatings, which improve the energy efficiency of ships by preventing fouling.  In 1996, the first biocide free foul release technology was introduced for fast craft and in 1999 for deep sea, scheduled ships. This technology has a smooth, slippery, low friction surface onto which fouling organisms have difficulty attaching. With proven average fuel savings of 4% and a corresponding reduction in emissions, this technology has been proven on over 500 vessels.