Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Reducing environmental impact and operating costs are a major focus for shipping companies globally. Selecting the right underwater coating technology is critical in reducing costs and environmental impact, whilst maintaining vessel efficiency.
Hamburg-based Pronav Ship Management operates a fleet of several LNG Carriers, including 4 Q-Flex LNG vessels and 2 conventional, 145000 M3 capacity LNG vessels. All 6 vessels are coated with Intersleek biocide-free technology. By using Intersleek technology, the environmental impact of these vessels has been significantly reduced compared to similar vessels coated with biocide-containing technology. An evaluation of the reduction in paint volume, volatile organic compound (VOC) content and biocide release was completed and the results are summarised below for the six vessels.