Faculty Advisor

Hart, Frederick L.

Faculty Advisor

Mendoza Abarca, Karla

Project Center

Puerto Rico


The United States Coast Guard Sector San Juan sought alternative approaches to combat aggressive biofouling. The goal of this project was to analyze the biofouling control practices used by Sector San Juan, and make recommendations to adjust these practices to save money and increase vessel efficiency. To do this, we proposed the use of a data collection and analysis protocol through which Sector San Juan can calculate potential fuel savings from alterations made to their current hull cleaning schedules. In addition to this, we recommended alternative hull coatings be applied to the vessels and new techniques for conducting hull cleanings.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department