First ship to employ silicon anti-fouling

02 Mar 2011

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced that its 38,000-class bulk carrier now under construction at the Minaminippon Shipbuilding will be the first ship to use International’s new silicon-based anti-fouling paint.

When completed, the new vessel will sail under charter to Doun Kisen. MOL says the Senpaku ISHIN project, its next-generation vessel project, includes initiatives that will contribute to environmental protection as quickly as possible by reducing CO2 emissions using practical, currently available technologies. The newbuilding bulker will be completed in early May. Based on a performance comparison between the new ship and a similar vessel completed in February that uses conventional anti-fouling paint, MOL will decide whether to proceed with full-scale adoption of Intersleek900.

International Intersleek900, is said to offer the following advantages:

  • Fouling is easy to remove thanks to superior smoothness because the paint reduces surface roughness. Normal self-polishing type paints work by gradually transferring the paint containing the antifouling agent.
  • Improved water repellency makes it more difficult for marine organisms to adhere to the hull.
  • Intersleek900 is more environmentally friendly because it does not contain agents such as cuprous oxide.
  • Reduced coefficient of friction underwater is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 6%, with a corresponding cut in CO2 emissions.
  • There is no need to repaint every time the vessel is in dry-dock. This reduces paint consumption and saves labour.

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