MOL chooses low-drag hull coating

25 Jul 2011
MOL’s ‘Brilliant Ace’, which has demonstrated the benefits of Seaflo Neo

MOL’s ‘Brilliant Ace’, which has demonstrated the benefits of Seaflo Neo

Mitsui OSK Lines is to adopt the low-friction Seaflo Neo hull paint developed by Chugoku Marine Paint for its environmentally-friendly shipbuilding programme. It is initially being used on two car carrier newbuildings.

MOL says that after analysing the results of an onboard test of the paint applied to a newbuilding vessel, it has been able to confirm that the new paint offers improvements in fuel efficiency compared to conventional paints. This, says MOL, will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions from its vessels. The company says that friction between the hull and the water accounts for the majority of resistance as a vessel moves through the water. Reducing friction drag has been shown to be highly effective in reducing CO2 emissions during vessel operation, so MOL says it is taking a pro-active stance in developing and adopting a low-friction paint as one of its environmental initiatives.

The two newbuildings adopting the new paint are a pair of car carriers, both of 6,400 standard passenger car unit capacity, built by Minaminippori Shipbuilding. The Brilliant Ace was completed on 30 March 2011, and the Eternal Ace on 25 July 2011. The adoption of this new paint is part of the MOL’s Sempaku Ishin next-generation vessel concept.

The main characteristic of Seaflo Neo is said to be the high smoothness of their paint film surface, the result of a newly developed low-viscosity hydrolysed polymer. The ultra-smooth finish is intended to minimise friction drag, improving fuel efficiency by 3% to 5% compared to an identical vessel with a conventional hull coating. Seaflo Neo is claimed to be very low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a major source of air pollution.

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