AkzoNobel’s ongoing efforts to make shipping more sustainable reached another landmark recently with the 1,000th application of Intersleek 1100SR, the biocide-free fouling control coating, part of the International range. The milestone was achieved with the Al Gattara LNG tanker operated by Nakilat Shipping Qatar.
Delivering outstanding macro and micro fouling control with improved static resistance, even in warm waters, the product enables vessels to reduce drag and achieve fuel efficiency and emissions savings of 9 per cent on average.
Moreover, shipowners and operators that upgrade from a biocidal coating to a biocide-free solution from the Intersleek range are eligible to enrol in AkzoNobel’s award-winning carbon credits initiative, which financially rewards them for investing in sustainable technologies.
“The rapid adoption of Intersleek 1100SR shows that shipowners and operators are realising the benefits of investing in sustainable hull coatings,” said Oscar Wezenbeek, managing director of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business. “The fuel savings delivered by Intersleek 1100SR – and the fact that it allows vessels to get up to speed even after long stationary periods – mean it is not only a sustainable solution in terms of decarbonisation, but also a solid financial investment. We’re delighted to see so much support for a technology which is playing a leading role in our ongoing commitment to making shipping more sustainable.”
With around five vessels coated per week since its launch, Intersleek 1100SR’s uptake by LNG owners means the company’s Intersleek coatings are now used on 35 per cent of the global LNG fleet.