The Environment Agency hail the use of Coppercoat a great success.

In 1999 the Environment Agency applied Coppercoat to a 10m RIB to test its credentials and feasibility as a ‘green’ antifoul. This year the RIB was lifted for the first time and Mark Warmsley, the EA Transport Manager, said “As the environment agency we are keen to use products that minimise the impact on the marine environment and as a result we decided to try Coppercoat. The copper is suspended in epoxy resin which gives the hull extra protection and it doesn't harm the marine life but just stops adhesion of growth. As a non-leeching, long term antifoul solution Coppercoat was the obvious choice and it's proven track record meant we were keen to trial it ourselves.

The vessel, a 10m RIB has been permanently in the water since June 1999 and to date has not had the need to have the coppercoat reapplied. When the vessel is removed from the water for maintenance, there is no marine life or growth on the hull. If we can minimise the environmental impact of antifouling we will and as a result we will be using Coppercoat on our other vessels in the future.”