Felling based coatings manufacturer International Paint is pleased to announce that the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category 2007 has been won by our Marine and Protective Coatings Business Unit.
The Award is for the development of Intersleek® 700, a silicone based foul release coating designed for use on the underwater hull of ships with in service speeds between 15 and 30 knots. Manufactured on our Felling site, Intersleek® 700 does not use biocides to control fouling on the ship’s hull, relying instead on a slippery, low friction surface onto which fouling organisms have difficulty settling. Any that do settle, normally do so only weakly and can usually be easily removed by simple wiping / washing or by the vessel moving through the water at speed. Performance and environmental benefits include reduced fuel consumption, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, no leaching of biocides into the sea and reduced wash water treatment costs at drydock.
Mr. Grant Russell, Marine and Protective Coatings Market Director, said “We’re delighted to have won this years Queen’s Award. This is in fact the fourth time we’ve won, in 1967 and 1977 for Export Achievement, in 1981 for Technology and now in 2007 for Innovation. We’re particularly pleased to have won this time because a critical element of our strategy is to continually strive for technological advances. To do this we must continuously improve, stay ahead of legislation and develop a constant stream of innovative and environmentally responsible products that meet customer and market needs. This Award clearly demonstrates we are making substantial progress towards that goal”.
Intersleek® 700 has recently been complemented by the introduction of the next generation of foul release technology, Intersleek® 900, a product also manufactured on the Felling site. Setting even higher performance standards with improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, Intersleek® 900 is a unique patented fluoropolymer foul release coating which represents the very latest advances in fouling control technology, significantly improving upon the performance of even the Queen’s Award winning system Intersleek® 700.
Intersleek® 900 is exceptionally smooth with unprecedented low levels of average hull roughness, has excellent foul release capabilities and good resistance to mechanical damage. For the very first time all vessels above 10 knots, including scheduled ships, tankers, bulkers, general cargo ships and feeder containers can now benefit from foul release technology.
In terms of fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, Intersleek® 900 offers predicted savings* of 2% in comparison to Intersleek® 700 and 6% in comparison to self polishing copolymer (SPC) antifoulings. The potential exists for even greater savings in comparison to controlled depletion antifoulings. For a single VLCC currently coated with an SPC antifouling this could mean savings of over 4,500 tons of fuel, a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of over 14,000 tons and US $1.2 million over a five year period. Since launch in February 2007, Intersleek® 900 has already built an impressive track record of 20 vessels.