Ships’ hulls coated with AkzoNobel’s premium biocide-based anti-fouling, Intercept 8500 LPP, are revealing excellent and, in some case, exceptional in-service results.
Intercept 8500 LPP is exceeding all expectations. LPP stands for ‘linear polishing polymer’, and this latest addition to our product range, which we launched in March 2016, is doing just that. Its carefully formulated polymer and biocide balance is mirroring both the efficiency and the linear polishing rate for which TBT-based products were favoured.
Unfortunately tributyltin (TBT) had undesired environmental side effects; therefore AkzoNobel (International Paint at that time) was the first marine coatings company to remove TBT from all of their coating products. However, ship operators liked TBT coatings because they polished at a predictable and linear rate over time. We have had our world-leading polymer scientists working on coating formulations that could match the performance of TBT-based products and now, Intercept 8500 LPP is doing just that.
The unique combination of patented Lubyon polymer technology, the self-polishing copolymer silyl methacrylate, and biocide components copper oxide and copper pyrithione have yielded spectacular fouling control results across a range of ship types trading in different regions with a variety of fouling risk challenges.
The coating’s performance is unquestionably the best of all our deep sea biocidal fouling control products and it is particularly suitable for high fouling challenge voyages in regions including the Arabian Gulf and South East Asia. In patch tests, Intercept 8500 LPP has compared very favourably with other biocidal technologies and a premium biocide based competitors’ product. We believe it’s the best in class.