Making ships eco-friendlier and more fuel efficient with a layer of air

Maritime transport is the backbone of global trade. However, it harms the environment by releasing around 940 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. A factor that contributes to the maritime transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions is biofouling—the build-up of microorganisms, algae, plants or small marine animals on the submerged hull of the ship.

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