Cunard Line, having chosen the fluoropolymer foul release coating Intersleek 900 for the underwater hull of the transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2, have experienced positive performance results.
The company’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of vessel operations through ‘practices which set a high standard for excellence and responsibility’, resulted in the largest ocean liner ever built having almost 6000 m2 of it`s hull hydroblasted and recoated at her recent maintenance & repair docking at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg.
Previously coated with a self polishing copolymer (SPC) antifouling, the decision to switch to Intersleek 900 was an integral part of a strategic initiative to reduce fuel usage, cost and associated CO2 emissions whilst still maintaining operational schedules.
Mr. David Strawford, Head of Technical Services, Carnival UK said, “To date, performance results have been very positive. The vessel is achieving operational speed whilst utilising less power than was previously the case. A significant improvement compared to the previous SPC system.”
Carnival Corporation and PLC has coated more cruise vessels with the Intersleek system than any other passenger vessel operator. Their first vessel to be coated was P&O Cruises ‘Oriana’ in 1999 with the silicone based foul release system Intersleek 700. Since then, twenty other Carnival cruise vessels have subsequently been coated.
Following the introduction of Intersleek 900 in 2007, the company is currently upgrading existing silicone coated vessels to advanced fluoropolymer technology. Smoother, tougher and with better foul release capabilities than it’s silicone based predecessor, Intersleek 900 was most recently applied on P&O Cruises ‘Arcadia’ and is specified on the four AIDA cruise vessels currently under construction at Meyer Werft, Papenburg.