A two-part study was designed to investigate the efficacy of using UVC to prevent biofouling in the context of ship hull coatings. The first study determined the frequency of UVC required for a coating that does not have any additives (epoxy). It was found that 1 min/day was effective at preventing hard fouling but not biofilm development. The second study addressed several variables: coating type (epoxy, copper, fouling release), frequency of UVC (no exposure, continuous exposure, 1min/6h, 1 min/day), and distance from the lamp (25 and 50 mm). Continuous UVC exposure resulted in no biofouling settlement but it did damage the copper coating. Intermittent UVC exposure was effective at preventing biofouling recruitment to both the copper and the fouling release coatings. Variations were observed with regards to the fouling composition, especially biofilms, sedimentary tubeworms and barnacles, suggesting tolerances within the community.