Shipsonic and delta-sistems B.V.
Shipsonic is a brand of delta-sistems B.V. a Dutch cleantech company that provides innovative, effective, cost efficient & environment friendly antifouling solutions for professional marine, offshore and fishery. As of January 2017 delta-sistems B.V. has incorporated Shipsonic, since 2006 one of the market leaders in ultrasonic antifouling. delta-sistems B.V. will continue the Shipsonic brand with recently developed and strongly improved series of heavy duty ultrasonic antifouling systems. All Shipsonic systems are developed and built in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has a rich maritime research and development tradition. At Shipsonic we have made a conscious decision to tap into this. To be able to do this, our systems are fully developed and built in the Netherlands. This allows us to partner with such institutions as the NIOZ (Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and the HZ Vlissingen (University of Applied Sciences), amongst others. For a more detailed look into our present innovation agenda, go to our Research & Development section.
Shipsonic is looking for dealers worldwide.
Shipsonic is a young company. We were established in 2017. Initially we emphasized the development and testing of our systems. Now it is time to work on growth. As part of our growth strategy, we want to expand our dealer network. If you run -or work for- a maritime supplier or repair company, feel free to contact us. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page and we shall get back to you. We are already sufficiently represented in Norway and the Netherlands.
Installation consulting services
Installing an ultrasonic antifouling system is very simple, and normally carried out by the ship’s crew. The one decision to make is how many transducers are needed, and where to place them. To help clients with this, we offer an installation consultancy service. We let you do the installation, but help you decide how. This service can be hired online, using video conferencing etc. Or one of our consultants comes to visit you on the ship itself.
Permanent, structural client feedback
We find client feedback so important, that any client willing to give us structural feedback on the functioning of his ultrasonic antifouling system, is offered a 30% reduction on system costs. As part of our feedback system, we are the only UAF supplier that hires professional divers to film the state of box coolers and sea chests protected by our systems.
Delta-sistems will reveal it’s new HDS120, a 3 phase powered control unit for 12 transducers of 100 or 120 Watt at the Europort Rotterdam. The HDS120 was developed together with GTV. We have also developed an HDS160 (16 transducers) and a HDS200 (20 transducers); the biggest and most powerful ultrasonic anti-fouling system[…]
Our research project on ultrasonic antifouling for box-coolers was shown on Dutch television. This project is carried out together with NIOZ, University of Applied Sciences Vlissingen en Blokland Nonferro. You can watch the item below:
Shipsonic has initiated -or is involved in- different research programmes. Box-cooler protection 30% reduction Our main research focus is on ultrasonic anti-fouling protection of box-coolers. In this research we work closely together with Blokland NonFerro (amongst others). For any clients interested in testing our new methods of protecting box-coolers, we offer a 30% reduction on[…]
MV Polarlys, MV Trollfjord and MV Finnmarken; Norwegian cruise company Hurtigruten testing Shipsonic Ultrasonic Antifouling
The Norwegian dealer for Shipsonic, Naustor Technology (https://www.naustor.com/), has struck an agreement for testing of our systems with the well know Norwegian Cruise company Hurtigruten (https://global.hurtigruten.com/). We will be testing our ultrasonic anti-fouling systems on the hulls of 3 different Hurtigruten cruise ships. 1) The Polarlys has been equipped with 2×100 Watt, 28 kHz ultrasonic[…]
Multiple transducers on 1 object Shipsonic is preparing a project to protect floating windmills against marine fouling. That involves installing a large number of transducers. Our biggest system powers 8 transducers, and our heaviest transducers are 120 Watt. But for this application even that is not enough. We need something bigger. […]
Design philosophy At Shipsonic we summarize our outlook on ship’s technology in two words: no frills. Our systems have to be of the fit-and-forget type. The control unit has only one task, to power the transducers. And it has to do so fail-safe. Therefor we do not take part in a common electronics hype, that[…]
Shipsonic™ has invested considerable resources in developing systems with a guaranteed, consistent effectiveness Correct ultrasonic frequency with sufficient energy Our transducers are 50, 100 or 120 Watts. Their frequencies range from 20 to 40 KHz. Each transducer type has its own response frequency. That is the frequency in which the transducer functions optimally. With optimal[…]
If need be, ultrasonic anti-fouling systems can be installed while the ship is moving in the high seas. It can be installed by the ship’s crew. No special tools or dry docking needed. No moving parts either, so hardly any wear and tear. Hence maintenance free. This makes the ultrasonic solution extremely cost efficient. […]
Sea-chest installation One of our earlier bigger professional installations was on the HAM317, a trailing suction hopper dredger owned by Van Oord. We installed 4 transducers of 50 Watt each to protect the sea-chests. In the video we still show the old installation method, with threaded rings. New[…]
Skansi Skansi is a shipping company very keen on innovation and experimentation. Shipsonic has installed various systems for box cooler protection on 2 of their off-shore vessels, the Saeborg and the Sjoborg. First round of trials We started in 2016 installing a number of HDS (Heavy Duty) systems to protect the sea chests and -indirectly-[…]
Box-cooler protection Blokland-Shipsonic have installed their first ultrasonic anti-fouling system. The system is developed specifically for the protection of box-coolers. The installation was carried out by a Blokland engineer. The ship where it was installed is the Fides. The Fides is active in the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp (ARA) region. It is a container vessel owned[…]
Big fouling problems The SL Nisr (Smit Lamnalco) operates in the Persian Gulf, known for its relative severe marine fouling. The LS Nisr is not equipped with a box cooler, but has 2 small inlet chambers, protected with a grate, that lead to 2 strainers which strain the seawater before reaching the plate coolers. […]
Ridas Yachts from Estonia is building a new 115 feet ketch, called Zaca. They will install a Shipsonic HDS40-100. This is a system with 4 transducers of 100 Watt each. The system will be used to protect the hull against fouling.
Measuring sound pressure; the Shipsonic ultrasonic signal tester At delta-sistems we feel we have dealt with all the technical challenges in making a reliable, high powered ultrasonic system. One challenge remains, however. This is: where exactly to install the transducers on the object that needs protection? This[…]
Madagascar (tug); Shipsonic installs another heavy duty anti-fouling system on a SmitLamnalco vessel
The vessel Shipsonic just finished the hand-over of another heavy duty ultrasonic anti-fouling system for use on a SmitLamnalco vessel. This time it concerns the tug Madagascar, operating in the Persian Gulf, and based in the United Arab Emirates. The system The system installed is a HDS80, the[…]
Client installation The Saffier was equipped with an HDS40-100. That is 4 x 100 Watt transducers. Maintenance staff made use of regular maintenance -and cleaning- of the box coolers to install the ultrasonic anti-fouling system. Clean start After all, an ultrasonic anti-fouling system requires that the box coolers[…]
The vessel The Fangst is a 14 meter Norwegian fishing boat. It is active in the North Sea and the Barents Sea. The ultrasonic system The Fangst has been equipped with 2 control-units HDS20. That makes 4 transducers all together. The transducers are evenly spread, glued[…]
Fast yacht even faster The captain of the Ange has just installed a Shipsonic ultrasonic anti-fouling system. The Ange is a competitive regatta yacht, a Beneteau First 40.7, based in Toulon. The system comprises 2 transducers Professional marine standards Shipsonic specializes in heavier systems for sea going[…]
A box-cooler overgrown with blue mussel (photo Naustor Technology AS https://www.naustor.com/) Box-cooler specialist Blokland joins Shipsonic research project We are happy to announce that Blokland Non Ferro has joined our ultrasonic anti-fouling for box-coolers research project. Blokland is, worldwide, a major player in maritime cooling technology. Challenge For this project, they will make[…]
Research program with the University of Applied Sciences Vlissingen and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Preparing the research set up at the NIOZ premises Research partners The University of Applied Sciences Vlissingen, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Shipsonic have won a research grant. This research grant is made available by the Dutch Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA KIEM). This is a governmental program to support innovation through[…]
On top of the box-cooler The Solide was one of our first installations with the transducers directly installed on top of the box-coolers. The transducers are glued on the water covers. Each auxiliary box cooler was equipped with 1 transducer, each main box-cooler was fitted with 2 transducers. Together 7 transducers were installed, on[…]
Ultrasonic anti-fouling technology for Vitters Shipyard Shipsonic™ delivered the ultrasonic anti-fouling technology to one of the internationally renowned Dutch superyacht builders Vitters Shipyard. Transducer mounting challenge While finishing the rebuild of sailing yacht Ikigai, Vitters contacted Shipsonic for a Marine Growth Prevention System for their seawater strainers. The seawater strainers are tailor made. No flat surfaces[…]
Shipsonic at Maritime show Please contact us (email@example.com or phone: +31 6 1936 0670) if you would like to get a free entrance ticket to visit us at the 2018 Maritime Industry tradeshow in Gorinchem, The Netherlands on 29, 30 or 31 May. delta-sistems B.V / Shipsonic™ will be present at stand H126.1 Maritime Industry 2018 The Netherlands on 29,[…]
Installation The Bourbon Front is a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV). The ultrasonic anti-fouling system installed comprises 8 transducers. They are installed on the sea-chests. The installation dates from November 2014. It concerns transducers of 50 Watt, still installed using metal threaded rings. Other Bourbon installation Shipsonic has installed 2[…]
System with 50 Watt and 100 Watt transducers The Beyond is a bunker tanker operating from Singapore. An HDS40 was installed, but with 2 sets of different transducers. We installed 2 transducers of 50 Watt and 2 transducers of 100 Watt. The transducers were installed on the sea-chests. Advantages of different transducers[…]
Delta-sistems has been part of a consortium that tendered for the rebuild project of a big sluices complex in the Netherlands. For this project, we developed a system of mounting transducers under water on the sluice doors and control them through a programmable logic controller (PLC), in a large, air-conditioned control unit. Unfortunately, our consortium[…]
Control Unit The transducer mounted on Sea Chest in the Aqabelle
Installation & Control Unit working Bucket Strainer inspection
Ultrasonic antifouling grows as ‘green’ option for vessel owners
by Susan Buchanan,
Introduction by Susan Buchanan
By using sound waves, ultrasonic antifouling can prevent the growth of algae, barnacles and slime on boat hulls and interiors, and can protect sea chests and box coolers as well. The technology has been employed internationally from Europe to Australia, Japan, Chile and the Caribbean, and implemented on commercial, military and recreational vessels. More recently, these systems have caught on with yacht owners in North America. Fouled, rough hulls can slow boats and increase fuel consumption, and antifouling paints — while effective — can release toxins when a vessel is in the water or when coatings are scraped off in dry dock. Usage of ultrasound has grown following the International Ultrasonic antifouling grows as ‘green’ option for vessel owners by Susan Buchanan Maritime Organization’s ban over a decade ago on organotin in bottom paints, and because of moves to limit copper as an antifouling agent. Ultrasonic systems don’t rely on chemicals that can harm fish and mammals or pollute the air, and they can reduce vessel liftouts for cleaning. The cleaning abilities of sound waves have been recognized since before World War II. Starting in the 1950s, sound waves were utilized for this purpose in the food, agriculture, electronics, medical, aircraft and auto industries. While ultrasound’s marine applications have been acknowledged for decades, usage by commercial vessel operators has only gained traction in the past 15 years. To install a system, transducers are trends & currents Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard www.professionalmariner.com 37 antifouling can keep weeds, barnacles and mussels away without hazardous chemicals, cathodes or paints, (and) with no expensive lift-outs, scraping, high-pressure cleaning or the subsequent disposal of poisonous wastewater.” Impressed current antifouling (ICAF) systems typically use a copper alloy rod to prevent fouling and an aluminum or ferrous alloy rod to reduce corrosion, along with a power unit. Introduced to the market in 2008, NRG Marine’s Sonihull systems produce multiple pulses of ultrasonic energy in a range of targeted frequencies. These pulses are transmitted through the material to which the mounted inside a vessel’s hull, or on other internal features, along with a control box. Onboard generators or shore sources power the equipment.
Susan’s interview with delta-sistems’ Chiel de Wit:
For commercial users, the most common application of ultrasonic antifouling is protecting sea chests, bucket strainers, box coolers, intakes and piping for dry plate cleaners, said Chiel de Wit of delta-distems BV in the Netherlands. “In smaller vessels, we can also protect the hull,” he said.
Box-cooler fouling Box-coolers are essential for a ship’s functioning. However, when unprotected, they quickly lose their effectiveness due to marine growth. Unprotected box-coolers quickly look like this: The pipe bundle of the box-cooler is a very attractive surface for all kinds of marine life: – It has an attractive temperature (normally between 25 and 35[…]
ICAF At present the most effective way of protecting box coolers against marine fouling are the Impressed Current Anti Fouling systems (ICAF). We posted earlier that Shipsonic, together with Blokland Non Ferro, is working on an ultrasonic alternative for box-cooler antifouling. The first prototypes of this new system are now being tested. But[…]
Anti fouling paint To protect the hull of a ship, normally anti fouling paints are used. These paints are biocides, almost all varieties contain copper and/or zinc. In the long run, all these harmful substances end up in the environment. Regulation Regulation of anti fouling paint for ship hulls is increasingly under revision. The chemical[…]
An ultrasonic ant fouling system brings the tube-bundle of a box-cooler, the wall of a sea-chest or the hull of a ship in ultrasonic vibration. This vibration generates an environment in which the larvae of marine organisms do not want to settle. The vibration is so weak, that a large part of the organisms already[…]
Picture of clean strainer before manual cleaning
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