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International Paint & BMT Argoss to Deliver Sustainable Solutions with their Anti-fouling Coatings

Published on 2011-11-01. Author : SpecialChem

BMT ARGOSS and International Paint have announced the formation of a partnership that can deliver demonstrable and transparent improvements in performance, efficiency and environmental emissions for the global shipping fleet.

By deploying International Paint's world class fouling control coatings in conjunction with the BMT SMARTSERVICES system, ship owners and operators will be able to benefit from a measurable reduction in energy use and CO2 emissions. The system developed by BMT ARGOSS will independently monitor and report to stakeholders, the performance of their vessels.

BMT SMARTSERVICES builds on the successful track record of BMT SMARTPOWER which is an advanced onboard, real-time performance monitoring and reporting system which acquires and records data automatically from ship sensors and provides valuable ship performance information to the crew and shore based management.

When employed as a package, the BMT system can be used with International Paint's Intersmooth®SPC, the world's only self-polishing copolymer biocidal antifouling that offers 4% savings and 37 years of proven performance on over 33,000 ships, as well as Intersleek®, the latest generation fluoropolymer foul release coating that offers fuel and emission savings of up to 9%.

Han Wensink, Managing Director of BMT ARGOSS commented: "BMT SMARTSERVICES will clearly and transparently demonstrate any in-service performance changes when International Paint's hull coatings have been used. Equipped with a user friendly Web based interface and drawing on BMT's 24/7 access to high quality metocean data, the new system can play a major role in improving operational efficiency of the global shipping fleet."

Paul Robbins, Worldwide Marine Marketing Director at International Paint continued: "We are confident that our high performance biocidal antifoulings and foul release coatings when used in conjunction with BMT SMARTSERVICES will deliver quantifiable added value for ship owner and operators. One of the reasons we partnered with BMT is that the new system can accurately determine total performance levels by recording over 30,000 readings per day, providing complete transparency and evidence to owners and operators of the performance improvements our advanced hull coatings technology can deliver. The BMT system can be installed at newbuilding or as a retro-fit and by utilising International Paint's and BMT's global networks, in-service support will be provided at every stage throughout the life of the coating and the monitoring system."

About BMT ARGOSS

BMT ARGOSS is a consulting company monitoring, analysing and forecasting environmental conditions with a focus on providing innovative meteorological and oceanographic solutions to the offshore, shipping, coastal and harbour sectors. The organisation's unique ship manoeuvring simulation and ship performance monitoring services are integrated with its MetOcean data.

Using in-house resources and expertise on MetOcean conditions, ocean & atmospheric modelling, meteorology, remote sensing and data assimilation we support numerous projects and operations around the world. The services that BMT ARGOSS offers are used, amongst others, for design of offshore structures, downtime analysis, operations planning and the execution of maritime operations.

About BMT Group

BMT was established in 1985 by bringing together research and technology organisations that traced their roots back to the beginning of the 20th century.

BMT is a leading international multi-disciplinary engineering, science and technology consultancy offering a broad range of services, particularly in the defence, energy, environment, shipping and ports and logistics sectors. Customers are served by a staff of around 1,300 professionals located in a network of international subsidiary companies. Building on its deep and specialist knowledge BMT has grown a wide range of business services to assist companies and governments investing in major capital projects and seeking to operate their businesses in the most cost-effective, safe, reliable and environmentally responsible manner.

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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