On May 4, Democratic Washington governor Chris Gregoire put an end to copper-based bottom paint in her state by signing into law a ban on the use of the product on recreational boats under 65 feet – the first state to do so. The law prohibits the sale of new boats with copper paint after January 1, 2018, and no paint with more than a half a percent of copper can be used starting in 2020.
California is diligently working to get rid of copper as well. Senate Bill 623, which would put into place a similar ban. On May 2, the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality approved the ban and sent it to the Senate Appropriations Committee for further consideration. If made into law, the legislation would ban the sale of new boats with copper paint as of January 1, 2015, and ban the paint outright starting in 2019.
Erik Norrie, CEO of New Nautical Coatings, Inc said “Although we don’t necessarily agree with the ban or the data supporting it, we have seen this coming for years. That is why we have designated a great amount of capital and research into the development of our copper free line of products.” For the past 10 years New Nautical Coatings, Inc has been diligently working on the next generation starting with Seahawk Mission Bay our copper free product containing Zinc Pyrithione and finally the “ONLY” completely metal free product on the market Seahawk Smart Solution. Many other companies have metal free claims but if you look at the data sheet you will see they still contain Zinc which is a metal.
EPA and most states departments of Agriculture are chomping at the bit to further ban all metals. That is why Seahawk Smart Solution is years ahead of the competition, as it is the worlds first completely metal free product.
Seahawk Smart Solution is a viable solution for a copper free antifouling paint.