Micanti’s Antifouling Foil Wins SME Innovation Top 100

The Dutch maritime technology company Micanti has designed a 100% environmentally friendly antifouling foil. Its working is based on small fibers, which make it very unattractive for organisms to attach to the hull of a ship.

The innovative nature of this invention and the successful launch of it within the global professional shipping industry has provided Micanti with the title of the SME Innovation Top 100. The SME Innovation Top 100 is the biggest and most prestigious innovation award of The Netherlands.

The so-called Thorn-D foil was developed by Micanti’s founder Dr. Ir. Rik Breur. The millions of tiny fibers or hairs on the foil are resilient and vibrate constantly by the water movement. This combination of prickliness and swaying of the fibers makes the surface unattractive for organisms to settle. The nylon fibers are similar to the spiky hairs that organisms have to combat fouling. With Thorn-D, it is possible to prevent all sorts of macro-growth (think of mussels, barnacles, algae) to from settling.

Micanti's Antifouling Foil Wins SME Innovation Top 100 (2)

Eric Pieters, co-owner of Micanti: “Since 2012, the product is commercially available to ships worldwide and the launch was very successful. In the past two years we notes so-called ‘double digit growth’ and as a company we developed very fast. The biggest successes are achieved in the Middle East in the professional shipping industry. But we go expand steadily towards a global clientele. Asia, America and Europe show a lot of interest in Thorn-D. Winning a prestigious title such as The Chamber of Commerce’s SME Innovation Top 100 is a great incentive for us. “

The success of Thorn-D is easy to explain according to Micanti. With a lifespan of at least 5 years shipowners save a lot on time and cost, as a ship saves fuel because fouling stays away as does the need for coating. In addition, the antifouling foil works as the ship sails, but also when it is moored.

Press Release, June 12, 2014

Share this article

Follow Subsea World News

Events>

<< Mar 2020 >>
MTWTFSS
24 25 26 27 28 29 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

9th Annual Submarine Power Cable and Interconnection Forum

This year’s Advance Submarine Power Cable and Interconnection conference will focus on the cutting edge thinking that is emerging across…

read more >

The 24th Annual PNEC Conference & Exhibition

The 24th annual PNEC Conference and Exhibition  will bring together the industry thought leaders and technology providers that enable the management…

read more >

OWI APAC 2020

Over the two-day conference, 30 expert speakers will share exclusive insight to help drive well work efficiencies through innovative…

read more >

M&CCE Expo Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering 2020

This conferences, events, demos, and competitions provide a productive background buzz throughout M&CCE…

read more >