AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings Business Leads the Way in Decarbonizing the Marine Industry

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A buzzword in the industry for decades has been efficiency, and many ship operators and ship owners are now placing more emphasis on this for the benefit of the maritime industry as a whole.

Coatings have an important role to play in helping fleets become more efficient. The increase in drag due to biofouling on a ship’s underwater hull has one of the largest impacts on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

AkzoNobel’s marine coatings business has been at the forefront of innovation to support industry decarbonization goals and has more recently developed a number of solutions that help improve performance and sustainability that aim to lead the industry towards a more sustainable future.

One such solution is its new service – the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) Calculator. It is AkzoNobel’s unique tool that determines a ship’s overall efficiency and predicts its carbon output, how it will be classified under new IMO regulations and, most importantly, what shipowners can do to improve their ranking.

The tool is independently verified and has already received positive feedback from customers to predict the impact of coating choice on the CII rating during the mooring cycle and ensure it will comply with legislation which will come into force in January 2023.

It works using AkzoNobel’s Intertrac Vision tool, which uses collective analysis of big data from multiple points regarding ship performance over a number of years and the results it shows are calculations of reductions needed for a ship’s carbon output to improve its rating.

Selecting the right coating scheme will help a vessel’s efficiency, such as AkzoNobel’s Intercept 8500 LPP, a next-generation self-polishing silyl methacrylate copolymer antifouling coating.

Its unique formulation includes an optimized biocide package that not only delivers a clean hull, but also a guaranteed 1.5% speed loss on the docking cycle.

The product can also be used in conjunction with AkzoNobel’s Intertrac HullCare package, which can further reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption when the vessel is in service. Over 560 vessels have been coated with the product since its launch, with a number of customers having coated their vessels with Intercept 8500 LPI after successful in-service performance for up to 60 months.

Another of the company’s innovations is Intertrac HullCare which combines high performance hull coating technology from AkzoNobel’s international line of marine coatings, state-of-the-art ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) inspection and data performance monitoring bulky with BIMCO industry-aligned hull cleaning techniques. standard – resulting in the most environmentally friendly hull management package in the industry to date.

Customers have the option of choosing between a five-year or 10-year program to help operators optimize fleet efficiency. Over a 10-year period, Intertrac HullCare can help operators significantly reduce CO2 emissions by up to 34,000 tonnes and save €4.6 million in fuel compared to a typical fouling control system five years, ensuring smooth and clean operation. the hulls are maintained.

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