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October 3, 2021
International Coastal Cleanup 2021
On September 24, the Norderney team of Dr. Brill + Partner participated in a beach cleanup for this year's "International Coastal Cleanup" organized by BUND (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland). This is the largest voluntary marine conservation campaign in the world and took place in over 100 countries worldwide. With the help of two school classes of the seventh grade of the KGS Norderney, trash was collected for one morning in the national park at the beaches in the east of Norderney. The Brill employees also acted as leaders of the small groups of students. Against the background of the current discussion about plastic and microplastics in the sea, Dr. Brill and his Norderney team wanted to get actively involved. The campaign was a complete success: A lot of trash was collected and the Norderney school cohort was sensitized to this issue!
September 15, 2021
ROBUST - Integrated Coating & Cleaning Concept for Offshore Structures
From 30.08.2021 to 01.09.2021, the Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC) and the PortPIC took place in Pontignano, Italy. The PortPIC conference focused on presentations and discussion panels on the topics of cleaning and grooming of ship hulls. There is an emerging trend towards gentle intermediate cleaning of ships with biocide-containing antifouling coatings at relatively short intervals in order to reduce frictional resistance and thus fuel costs and CO2 emissions. At the same time, however, the top layer (approx. 10 µm) of the antifouling is removed in the process, causing biocides and microplastics to be discharged into the waters and reducing the duration of the coating's effectiveness. Such a process would therefore also not be permitted in German territorial waters. Bernd Daehne from our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion gave a presentation at the conference entitled: "ROBUST: Integrated Coating & Cleaning Concept for Offshore Structures". It was the only presentation dealing with a cleaning of non-biocidal coatings developed by the project partners Fraunhofer IFAM and Momentive Performance Materials. You can find the presentation and the conference proceedings HERE.
August 24, 2021
6th Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC)
From 30th Aug. 2021 to 01st Sept. 2021, the Hull Performance & Insight Conference (HullPIC) will be held in Pontignano, Italy. The conference will focus on presentations and discussion sessions on the following topics: ISO 19030 and beyond sensor technology human factors in reporting & understanding performance information fusion big data uncertainty analysis hydrodynamic models business models cleaning technology coating technology ESDs Bernd Daehne from our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion will give a presentation entitled: "ROBUST: Integrated Coating & Cleaning Concept for Offshore Structures" at the conference on 01.09.2021 at 13:55. More information about the conference can be found HERE.
May 14, 2021
Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH is partner laboratory of the School of Life Science at UKE
Every year on August the 1st the training for Biological-Technical Assistant starts at the School of Life Science of the UKE. The two-year training is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in biology and, in particular, in a wide range of laboratory activities. The first 9 months of the training focus on theory. This is followed by a year of gaining practical experience. In 3 internships of 4 months each, the students get the chance to get to know different institutes, such as us, the Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene. very year on August the 1st the training for Biological-Technical Assistant starts at the School of Life Science of the UKE. The two-year training is aimed at anyone with a keen interest in biology and, in particular, in a wide range of laboratory activities. The first 9 months of the training focus on theory. This is followed by a year of gaining practical experience. In 3 internships of 4 months each, the students get the chance to get to know different institutes, such as us, the Dr. Brill + Partner GmbH Institute for Microbiology and Hygiene. Lukas Kuhn completed his training at the School of Life Science of the UKE from 2017 - 2019. At that time, he did his first internship at our institute on Norderney. After his training, Lukas found his way back to us and has been working with us on Norderney ever since. There he is responsible for technology. Lukas keeps existing test stands running, carries out minor repairs and is involved in the development of new test methods and equipment. "The work here on Norderney is special in that every day is different here. You work a lot outside at the harbor and on the beach and are dependent on the weather and tides there. My tasks here are very varied, from evaluating experiments to image processing and manual work. In addition, there is a very pleasant working atmosphere with top colleagues." Applications to the School of Life Science for the training start August 2021 are still possible until May 31. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with all future interns.
March 29, 2021
Neues Forschungsprojekt: HaptoCheck
Development of a standardized test method to evaluate the anti-adhesion properties of surfaces against biofilms on ship hulls. Akronym: HaptoCheck - ZIM-Förderkennzeichen KK5193801KS0 The present project addresses the development of a test method for the adhesive strength of microbial coatings (biofilms) on ship hulls. Biofilms form the first stage of colonization of surfaces and create the basis for macroscopic fouling, which has a negative impact on fuel consumption in shipping. The main focus of the research project is initially to establish series of measurements on the detachment of biofilms from test surfaces as a function of wall shear stress. For this purpose, a laboratory-scale test apparatus will be produced to simulate the sailing speed of ships in practice. On this basis, abiotic model substances are to be developed, with the aid of which the adhesion of microbial surface coatings to antifouling coatings can be simulated in the test apparatus and used to quantify such effects as part of a standardized test procedure. On the basis of the test results, a final evaluation of the effectiveness of such coating systems is to be which should enable developers to optimize the non-stick properties of their products more cost-effectively and effectively. The resulting new test method is a screening test for estimating the effectiveness of antifouling systems. It is a seasonally independent rapid test procedure that will provide paint companies with quick results for further development. The procedure will not be able to replace the later semi-annual open water tests with the promising variants, but it will accelerate the development work of the companies.
September 25, 2020
International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020 auf Norderney
Plastic waste and microplastics are probably the most discussed environmental topics at the moment besides global warming. On September 19, 2020, the staff of our Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion on Norderney participated again in the International Ocean Cleanup Day. The campaign was carried out together with the local BUND district group and the seventh-grade students from Norderney, who were also introduced to the habitat and waste problem. The Norderney public swimming pool and the technical services supported the action with man and machine. Fishing nets made of plastic accounted for the largest share of the stranded garbage. However, blankets and clothing from 342 containers of MS ZOE, lost at the beginning of 2019, were also found. In addition, numerous packages and containers, some from faraway countries, paint rollers, car spoilers, toilet covers and brushes, but also a whale rib and a message in a bottle were found. For more than 30 years, the US environmental organization Ocean Conservancy has been calling for the largest voluntary marine protection campaign - the International Coastal Cleanup Day (https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/).
September 11, 2020
Australian lime tube worm - boat owners in trouble
From year to year there are also biological news in our work. In 2020 some boat owners in brackish water harbours like Hooksiel or Emden have experienced a nasty surprise. Within a short period of time, some ships and jetties had been colonized en masse with the Australian lime tube worm (Ficopomatus enigmaticus). The species occurs mainly in brackish water and was first detected in Europe (Caen, FR) in 1921 and in Germany (Emden) in 1975. The worm is sensitive to cold, but relatively insensitive to salinity fluctuations. On Norderney, too, a sailing ship arriving from Emden had to be craned out of the water and cleaned due to the massive infestation (see photo). The functioning antifouling coating on the hull prevented the settlement of the worm very well. However, all the more problematic were the areas that could not (could not) be painted, and those where the coating was rubbed off, e.g. by touching the ground. In brackish water harbors, there have been some boat owners who have renewed the coating less frequently in order to protect the environment and their wallets. Due to the lower fouling pressure during voyages in changing salinities this also worked. It seems that this is now for the time being no longer so easily possible with longer moorings in Hooksiel or Emden. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
May 29, 2020
Today our dynamic test rig "RotoMarin®" was launched. It was developed by the Institute for Antifouling and Biocorrosion to investigate the growth of fouling on surfaces under the most realistic conditions possible. For this purpose, the surfaces to be examined are screwed as circular segment-shaped test plates onto plates moved by a rotating axis and moved at speeds of up to 19 knots.