Idea Marine is owned by Ola Stephanson, Naval Architect MSc, with some 30 years of experience in ship propulsion design and sales. Idea Marine AB was founded in 2010 and has since delivered globally some 50 own-designed fixed propellers and propeller blades. The sizes range from 60kg weight to 15 ton. A consistent part of Idea Marine’s activity is consultancy on ship efficiency. The company uses sophisticated measurement methods and tools to verify the improved efficiency.
Ola Stephanson said, “In line with this work it is exciting to pick up a recognized product like Ecospeed as well as Hydrex unique methods of underwater repairs. The latter are becoming increasingly important since Gothenburg, largest harbour in Northern Europe, is soon likely to be without a ship repair facility.”
Rob Wolthuizen, International Sales Manager for Ecospeed and Hydrex commented on the appointment: “We are proud to welcome Idea Marine to our expanding network of agents. The Swedish market is very important to us, particularly since Ecospeed is the most durable and overall best coating available for ice-going vessels and since a non-toxic coating system is vital in sensitive waters such as the Baltic. Ola Stephanson’s experience in ship efficiency, and Ecospeed/Hydrex’s ability to deliver in this field will help Swedish owners and operators to save money on fuel while also protecting the environment.”
Hydrex offers shipowners Ecospeed, a long-lasting and environmentally safe, non-toxic, cleanable underwater hull coating system, and Ecoshield, the ultimate protection from cavitation and corrosion damage for hulls, rudders and underwater running gear. Ecoshield very recently received the Seatrade 2014 Innovation in Ship Operations Award after facing tough competition and the scrutiny of highly qualified, experienced and respected judges.
Ecospeed and Ecoshield are produced, distributed and supported by Subsea Industries, a subsidiary of Hydrex NV, based in Antwerp, a global provider of turnkey underwater repair and maintenance solutions and technology.
In addition to Ecospeed and Ecoshield, Hydrex Group offers turnkey underwater repair and maintenance solutions to ship owners wherever and whenever they are needed, enabling vessels to stay in class and in business without the need for frequent drydocking. Hydrex offers a combination of products and services which can help shipowners/operators greatly reduce their fuel costs.
Company details can be found at www.hydrex.be, http://www.ideamarine.se .