Originally Posted by fstbttms
Most of the civilized world has banned its use
on all vessels and for good reason. It's a nasty poison that has been proven to do lasting harm to the ecosystem. There is only one reason anybody would use it- you are too lazy or cheap to perform the minimal additional maintenence necessary when using a less harmful copper or zinc-based anti fouling or other alternative coating.
Either that or you are simply a . . .
Not true unless you consider all nations other than
and other North American/E.U. 1st World countries as "uncivilized." I have a Florida license
to sell and apply TBT paints and the regulations
are specific in the USA that only vessels less than 25 meters and NOT aluminum
are banned from using TBT paints. Any vessel longer than 82 feet or with an aluminum hull
can legally use TBT paints. All military vessels are totally exempt and can use TBT.
The International Treaty to ban the use of TBT originated from the French when they identified the chemical as causing significant damage to their shellfish industry. The original version of the treaty was intended to ban the use for all vessels worldwide - but - naturally, commercial shipping and all the militaries said - no way. So like the MSD laws only the "little guys" are left to bear the brunt.
- - Basically only signatory countries to the international treaty agreed to ban the use of TBT paints on vessels less than 25 meters LOA
. All other countries metaphorically said "screw you - if the vast majority of shipping in the world and all vessels over 25meter and all the military vessels are exempt then why should we screw our little guys?"
- - TBT is available anywhere outside the signatory countries and used extensively. You can purchase
it from large vessel shipyards for US$100 per 5 gal container (you bring your own container). You can buy it in all the ship's chandleries in the Caribbean
for about US$300/gal.
- - And if properly applied it works for about 3 years. It is light years better than copper paints especially if you use the booster.