Akzo Nobel has secured a two-year deal to continue supplying its Intersleek 1100 SR foul release coating to Qatari shipping and maritime giant Nakilat (Qatar Gas Transport Company).
Amsteram/The Netherlands — Established in 2004, Nakilat operates one of the largest fleets of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in the world and offers a wide array of maritime services such as ship repair, shipbuilding, towage and shipping agency services.
The two companies already having a long-standing relationship and the new agreement means that by the end of 2018, more than 640,000 liters of Intersleek 1100 SR will have been applied to 108 of Nakilat's LNG vessels across the globe.
Accoding to Oscar Wezenbeek, Director of AkzoNobel's Marine, Protective and Yacht Coatings business, this deal underlines the fact that ship owners and operators continue to realize the benefits of investing in sustainable hull coatings including reduction of cost and higher efficiency.
When fouling organisms settle on the underwater hull, they have an adverse impact on a vessel's fuel consumption. For example, a layer of slime can result in increased fuel consumption of between 2 % and 10 %, weed growth in the region of 10 % and 30 %, and animal growth (such as tubeworms or barnacles) in excess of 40 %.
Intersleek 1100 SR is the marine industry's first biocide-free coating to feature patented fluropolymer technology, which effectively releases slime even at low speeds. This means vessels benefit from reduced drag, improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.