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Use of Copper as a Biocide on Offshore Facilities

Graham Marshall - Sunday, March 24, 2013

Operators of vessels and offshore facilities should be aware that a new legal requirement under the EU Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC came into force in February 2013.

The new ruling prohibits the supply and use of copper as a biocide when used in liquid-cooling and processing systems.

Copper is used as a biocide in a number of offshore systems including sea water lift, fire water systems, injection systems, ballast systems, engine cooling, and HVAC cooling.

This is not an extensive list and you should check all systems/vessels/installations that may use copper antifouling systems, or when used as a biocide in liquid-cooling and processing systems.

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