Biofouling Management


It is no secret that the maritime industry is rapidly changing when it comes to the phrase - Biofouling Management. It used to mean that vessel owners/ managers could effectively manage their annual fuel expenditures with regular, proactive hull and propeller maintenance. Now, it is one of the most highly recommended shipping practices by the IMO and various other marine organizations due to the harmful impact that invasive aquatic species has on international marine environments around the world. The IMO is saying that a
bio-fouling management plan is “recommended” but for any vessel calling US ports a bio-fouling management plan / record book is required since 2013 in VGP. Vessels with Bahamas flag are also required to have bio-fouling plans. Today the focus on Bio-fouling from the maritime governing bodies and countries around the globe is increasing rapidly with the mandated bio fouling dive repairs on vessels prior to entry into New Zealand (NZ MPI), California, and Australia who have turned this “recommendation”— into law, and just like NZ MPI, more countries/ states are in the process of implementing similar regulations sooner than later.    

What will SGS do for you?

  • SGS will provide a service schedule based on economic and environmental factors. You will have various options to choose from based on a schedule the best fits your budget and vessel needs.
  • SGS will provide a pricing schedule so you can pre-plan for the entire year’s budget so there is no last-minute cost.      
  • SGS will execute cleaning/ grooming services according to best biofouling management practices or if required, to the NZ MPI Craft Risk Management Standard to ensure each vessel is considered compliant to the NZ MPI “Long Stay” or ”Short Stay” categories. SGS will communicate directly with NZ MPI with your team in copy when it comes to report delivery and discussion around the hull’s biofouling conditions. We will include the vessel Biofouling Management Plan in our NZ MPI final report.
  • SGS can provide a cloud based bio-fouling dive report data base that can be accessed anywhere enabling the Master to have all the bio-fouling report available when needed.
  • SGS will ensure that your life is made easy when it comes to the portion of your vessel that is under the sea.

What does SGS need from you?

  • Vessel itinerary.
  • Frequently visited ports, for vessels with irregular port calls.
  • Access to previous dive reports for services not performed by SGS.
  • Trust in SGS to manage your fleets underwater services around the world.
  • An effort to help SGS ensure the transfer of harmful invasive species to our international marine environments is as minimal as possible.
  • With this information, we can provide you with a budgetary plan and cleaning/ inspection schedule for the entire year to ensure your fleet or NZ specific vessels remain in compliance year-round, and not just the 30 days prior to entering NZ waters.