Humidity Control issues are one of the biggest costs in the marine industry. Between taking your fleet off the water regularly to repair and remediate them for mold and mildew, and adding new air conditioning systems to try to lower the humidity levels, the costs can be overwhelming.

2017-06-22 11.43.17

While these are huge expenses, regular repairs and maintenance are just the tip of the ice burg. So today, we’re talking about how humidity control issues in the Marine Industry are costing a lot more than you realize.

The Real Cost of Repairs is Lost Income

With a fleet of 100 or more marine vessels, your company could spend millions of dollars on the repair work alone. Now, traditional thinking is that this is necessary to combat the effects of ongoing humidity control issues. You might even add additional air conditioning systems, increase insulation and interior walls to keep the humidity out, or even install drop ceilings for an air barrier.

2017-06-23 13.29.55

While all of these common remedies are incredibly expensive, it’s quite likely that that’s not the biggest expense on your budget or even effective. The biggest cost is the income you’re losing for each vessel while they’re pulled in and off the water. If you could somehow avoid the expensive capital improvements, avoid the regular cost of running the air conditioners on each vessel, and keep the boat on the water earning income longer, you could potentially reduce your expenses and raise profit substantially.

The Human Health Cost of Humidity Control Issues

While we’d all love to imagine that there’s no human health cost to marine vessel humidity control issues, the fact is that they’re quite substantial. And they’re on top of the long list of dangerous ailments that come with a seafarer way of life. Between Cardiovascular Disease, Musculoskeletal Disorder, and the increased risk of cancer, your crew has enough to worry about.


Mold, moisture, and mildew can cause serious health problems for your crew, which means that they won’t be at their best when they are working. And the real cost of their suffering health doesn’t even account for the time they miss from work when they’re sick or the cost of the healthcare they’ll need to get back to work. If your marine fleet crew is at their top performance ability, they will be more efficient, productive, and healthier—and that’s all good news for your profit margins.

The Cost of Regulatory Fines from Ill-Repaired Ships

We’ve talked about profit margins on your ship and for your personnel, but we haven’t talked about the other major cost of humidity control issues—regulatory fines. Let’s say you decide to avoid repainting and repairing your fleet because it’s too expensive, you could end up with serious structural damage.


On the other hand, if the Coast Guard finds that your vessels or their safety systems aren’t seaworthy to their standards, you could be completely out of business. The Coast Guard is even dictating proper ventilation through Subchapter M so compliance is mandatory if you want to avoid substantial fines. Between high fines for setting to sea without meeting those standards and the cost of their required repairs, you could see yourself in big trouble for not taking care of your moisture control problems.

Learn How to Start Controlling Humidity on Your Marine Fleet

Humidity control is a huge figure in your budget. But the team at Quest Products has a proven solution that can solve many of your problems in a very short amount of time. Contact our team now to learn about the costs and benefits of dehumidification in your marine fleet.