Press Release – AkzoNobel continues its commitment to harnessing technical innovation to drive down costs for operators of ocean-going vessels and to set improved sustainability standards with the introduction of its latest high-performance, Intersmooth® anti-fouling hull coating from its International® brand.
Intersmooth 7200Si SPC is a next generation self-polishing Silyl Methacrylate anti-fouling. The product is based upon proven resin technology coupled with a highly effective biocide package which has been optimized to deliver excellent cost-effective performance. The product also benefits from higher solids when compared to the current industry benchmark – reducing waste and VOC emissions whilst improving application efficiency. Intersmooth 7200Si SPC comes with a guaranteed speed loss threshold of 2.5%.
It arrives at a critical moment as the marine industry not only seeks to reduce CO2 emissions in line with MEPC75, but also commences its recovery from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This makes it more vital than ever for operators to keep costs and emissions down during vessel operations.
Its unique formulation features an optimised biocide package which not only delivers a clean hull but helps operators contribute further to reach their environmental goals by reducing CO2 emissions in service. As a result, it contributes to a reduction in operation and maintenance costs to improve fleet profitability.
The Silyl Methacrylate technology of Intersmooth 7200Si SPC has been precision-engineered to deliver a more consistent polishing rate that enables custom designed schemes for vessels based on their predicted routes, to ensure they perform at their best – resulting in less interruption or delays in service – delivering maintenance and cost savings to operators.
It also provides less sensitivity to time and temperature in its service period and a reduced risk of surface cracking versus Silyl Acrylate-based products.
Christopher Birkert, Global Marine Segment Manager comments: “At AkzoNobel, we are committed to helping the marine industry reach its carbon neutral ambition – through continually developing products and services which contribute towards and boost financial returns in a sustainable way.
“The Intersmooth range has been trusted by our customers since 1974 and has had over 47,500 applications globally since its launch.
“By building on this solid technology, Intersmooth 7200Si SPC offers the best fuel savings for its class with its self-polishing technology delivering a low-friction underwater hull surface that contributes to an average speed loss of no more than 2.5% during 60 months in service. Tthis delivers significant cost savings in application and operation over the scheme lifetime which can extend to 90 months.
“The latest advance in anti-fouling performance with our market-leading Silyl Methacrylate polymer technology demonstrates our commitment to delivering sustainably focussed products and services that provide a step change opportunity for operators both economically and environmentally.”
For more information visit – www.international-marine.com
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