Ship industry to benefit from Intercept 8500 LPP, AkzoNobel’s revolutionary antifouling
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Ship owners and operators can now benefit from improvements in operational, cost and environmental efficiencies thanks to the latest antifouling developed by AkzoNobel, which is set to revolutionize the biocidal coatings market.
Intercept 8500 LPP is the highest-performing biocidal antifouling in the company’s International® range of marine coatings. It is designed for the deep-sea market and is the latest addition to AkzoNobel’s Intercept product range, a family of patented biocidal antifouling coatings that deliver consistent, predictable linear polishing fouling control performance for in-service periods of up to 90 months, even on high risk fouling routes.
It also comes with extended performance guarantees, proven in-service performance, and a unique polymer combination that incorporates AkzoNobel’s patented Lubyon® technology with a silyl methacrylate self-polishing copolymer.
“Intercept 8500 LPP’s unique polymer combination delivers a step change in biocidal coatings performance that will revolutionize the biocidal coatings market,” said Carl Barnes, Antifouling Business Manager for AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.
“Based on in-service trials which included high risk fouling routes between the Arabian Gulf and South East Asia, Intercept 8500 LPP surpasses the fouling control performance of all our biocidal coatings.”
The exact operational, cost and environmental efficiencies delivered by Intercept 8500 LPP are dependent on the unique characteristics and trading patterns of each vessel.
Using Intertrac Vision -AkzoNobel’s ‘big data’ hull performance prediction technology - ship owners and operators can access an accurate picture of product’s performance on their vessels over the full dry docking cycle, prior to application.
“Intercept 8500 LPP is the culmination of ten years of research and development, and investment in innovation by AkzoNobel’s research scientists, hydrodynamicists and marine biologists, explained Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business. “We are proud of our track record in sustainable innovation and the performance and sustainability benefits that we can bring to our customers.” The coating is applied using the same techniques as other biocidal coatings, with no additional costs, time or resource provisions necessary during dry-docking.
Carl added: “We are extremely confident in the added value that Intercept 8500 LPP can bring our customers. As a tangible demonstration of this confidence, AkzoNobel is offering enhanced guarantees in its Performance Maintenance Agreements (PMA) for Intercept 8500 LPP. These include guaranteed degradation of no more than four percent and a static performance guarantee of up to 35 days, both of which offer enhanced assurance in comparison to any biocidal antifouling coatings and silicon foul release products. Customers wishing to learn more about the performance of Intercept 8500 LPP on their vessels should contact AkzoNobel’s specially trained Intertrac Vision consultants for a full economic and environment assessment, which is undertaken prior to the coating’s application.”