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August 29, 2012 - Sponsored by ASTM International Committees F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, seminar on Marine Anti-Fouling Paints - Performance Standards and Testing will be held December 5 in Atlanta, GA. Seminar will facilitate dialogue and discussion regarding need for marine anti-fouling paint performance standard. Those in marine industry will discuss issues regarding anti-fouling paint performance, current state-of-the-art and future technologies, and potential development of ASTM performance standard.

ASTM International Seminar on Marine Anti-Fouling Paints - Performance and Testing

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ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: August 27, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - A seminar on Marine Anti-Fouling Paints - Performance Standards and Testing, will be held Dec. 5 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by ASTM International Committees F25 on Ships and Marine Technology, the seminar will be held in conjunction with the December standards development meetings of the committee.

Currently, it is hard to get comparable data on the performance of ship hull coating systems because there is a lack of standardization of the collection of data and the interpretation of the same data. As such, it is hard for ship owners to justify investment in better and often more capital-intensive products that in fact could save on fuel and reduce air emissions. Once there is a standardized way to measure performance and good quality data is collected, it will be possible in the future to generate a guide to antifouling paint selection for optimum performance for each ship type and operative profile.

The seminar is designed to facilitate dialogue and discussion regarding the need for a marine anti-fouling paint performance standard. Those in the marine industry will discuss issues regarding anti-fouling paint performance, the current state-of-the-art, future technologies, and the potential development of an ASTM performance standard. Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes November 28. The attendance fee for ASTM members is $70 USD for online registration and $95 USD onsite. The fee for non-ASTM members is $95 USD online and $120 onsite. There is no fee for presenters and students with a valid ID.

For online registration and additional information, visit

Additional technical information is available from seminar co-chairmen Todd Ripley, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Crownsville, Md. (phone: 202-366-2625; and Steve Urwiller, ABS, Humble, Texas (phone: 281-877-6043;

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677;
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