AkzoNobel Demonstrates Impact of Coatings on Carbon Emissions

AkzoNobel Demonstrates Impact of Coatings on Carbon Emissions

Marine paint and coatings giant AkzoNobel has released new research which demonstrates the positive impact its Intersleek1100SR coating has had on both carbon emissions and fuel consumption. 

Initially released in 2013 under the company’s International brand, Intersleek1100SR was the world’s first biocide-free fouling control coating to feature patented ‘slime-release’ technology.

The technology works by removing any slime that has built up during docking. Once the vessel is moving the slime-release technology ensures that any accumulated slime is ‘shed’ and released from the hull. This helps to reduce drag, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce CO₂ emissions. 

Since its launch, Intersleek1100SR has been applied to more than 3,000 vessels. Performance data captured from these vessels has revealed that over the past 10 years, the coating has slashed ship fuel bills by $8 billion and reduced 41 million tons of CO₂ emissions.

Commenting on the research, AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings Segment Manager, Chris Birkert, said:

“Our groundbreaking Intersleek range has set new standards for efficiency, performance and sustainability in the marine industry when it comes to biocide-free performance. 

Together with our customers, Intersleek has the largest foul release track record, gathered from 20 years of vessel performance data that proves our coatings have helped save ship owners $19.6 billion dollars in fuel costs and 103 million tons of CO₂ to help them hit carbon targets”.

The research comes at a time when the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has announced new emissions targets for the global fleet, including a 20% reduction in emissions by 2030, a 70% reduction by 2040 - compared with 2008 levels - and the ultimate goal of net zero emissions by 2050. 

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