Hornet News

Anti-fouling best practice initiative launched

The Protect, Collect and Dispose Campaign

This new initiative has been launched and involves the British Coatings Federation, the RYA and British Marine joint environment initiative, The Green Blue and The Yacht Harbour Association and intends to raise awareness of the environmental issues surrounding the use of antifouling.

The use of TBT on yachts under 25 metres was banned across Europe in 1987. Since then most antifouls used by sailors are copper or zinc based. Whilst antifouls can keep hulls clean, which improves fuel efficiency and prevents the spread of invasive species, it is toxic to marine life.

Skippers who paint on their own antifoul are being advised to choose appropriate, well-ventilated locations and follow marina and boatyard rules to try and minimise the environmental risk. All instructions should be followed and it is recommended that protective equipment be worn throughout the preparation and application process.

The ground and surrounding area should be protected, and paint dust should be minimised by using wet sanding techniques. All debris and scrapings should be collected, and waste disposed of responsibly.