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International Marine's Intersmooth®SPC Antifouling Proves its Quality on Vessels

Published on 2011-09-21. Author : SpecialChem

The 151,885 cubic meter LNG carrier, operated by Teekay Shipping, was coated with Intersmooth® SPC self polishing copolymer antifouling at newbuilding in November 2008. Analysis of the vessel's activity over the subsequent 30 months showed that for 65% of the time the vessel speed was between 0-1 knots, in average sea temperatures of 33°C, in locations including the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and the Sea of Japan.

Despite the severe fouling challenge presented by these conditions, the June 2011 in-dock inspection of the vessel revealed the vertical sides and flat bottom to be in excellent condition.

Teekay's Vessel Manager, James Thomson, commented, "As the 'Tangguh Hiri' had been laid up for 9 months in such high temperatures, we were extremely impressed at the underwater hull condition at her in-dock inspection. Before the vessel was washed down there was virtually no fouling in evidence."

Introduced in 1974, Intersmooth® SPC is the world's only self polishing copolymer biocidal antifouling that offers 4% fuel and emissions savings and over 37 years of proven performance on 33,398 ships. Intersmooth®7460HS SPC for use at maintenance and repair, and Intersmooth®7465HS SPC for newbuilding, represent the very latest generation of biocidal antifoulings building on this success. In addition to first-rate fouling control, they offer high volume solids and low VOC (volatile organic content), meaning faster application and reduced coats per scheme.

About International Marine

International Marine has over 800 qualified technical staff around the world - many are qualified to NACE Coating Inspector Level II, FROSIO Inspector Level III or equivalent. They are backed up by 16 manufacturing plants, operations in 60 countries, 13 specialist marine laboratories and over 500 delivery points worldwide.

Source: International Marine

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