Jotun anti-fouling deal to aid major fleet

anti-fouling agreement Jotun and Wallenius Wilhelmsen have signed an anti-fouling supply agreement. Image: Jotun

Jotun will provide its Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) anti-fouling coating system for 42 vessels in Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s ro-ro fleet.

HPS combines premium SeaQuantum X200 antifouling with technical and digital solutions to accurately measure hull performance. The antifouling works to increase vessel efficiency, cut fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions.

“This is a major contract with a true global leader within this industry niche,” said Ulf Skovli, regional sales director at Jotun Marine Scandinavia.

Regulation compliance

“Working together we will be able to optimise hull performance and help Wallenius Wilhelmsen fully comply with global regulations and targets, while meeting its own stringent environmental objectives,” commented Gunhild Tveitan, business development manager Scandinavia.

Fouling is a key contributor to the spread of invasive species across marine ecosystems and a major cause of hull inefficiency, leading to increased fuel consumption and emissions. Studies have suggested that the fuel consumption of the world fleet could be reduced by up to 20% if all vessels were kept fouling free.

Maintaining clean hulls is an important part of improving sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of operations, stated Geir Fagerheim, SVP marine operations at Wallenius Wilhelmsen. “With HPS we can not only achieve this objective, but we also open a digital window onto how hull condition affects fleet-wide performance, efficiency and emissions, creating a culture of transparency and accountability.”

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