Australia

Putting a window and lasers in a ship’s hull

Melbourne and Indonesian scientists work to improve shipping efficiency

Scientists available for interview in Bahasa Indonesia and English. Video overlay and photos of ferry available below.

Read the release in Bahasa Indonesia.

Every shipping manager wages an endless battle against fouling – the bacteria, seaweed, barnacles and other marine life that take residence on the hull of ships. This biofouling is thought to add more than 20 per cent to the fuel costs of commercial shipping. That’s a big cost for the maritime trading nations of Australia and Indonesia.

Using lasers and a window in a ship’s hull, researchers will assess how quickly the efficiency of the ship declines, and then how to balance fuel efficiency and the cost of putting a ship in dry dock to clean it.

A ship travelling between Java and South Samatra has had 30 centimetre windows installed in its hull for the research. Credit: Nadia Astari

A ship travelling between Java and South Samatra has had 30 centimetre windows installed in its hull for the research. Credit: Nadia Astari

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New Fellowships for Young New Zealand Women in Science

Issued on behalf of L’Oréal New Zealand

The L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science international awards are a world recognised programme, present in 180 countries. For the first time this year, a National Fellowship programme is open to young New Zealand and Australian women scientists, with three NZ$31,737 (AU $25,000) fellowships on offer.
Applications are now open (1 April to 1 May, 2012).

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