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IP Completes the 100th Application of Intersleek Coatings on Korea's SK Splendor Ship

Published on 2012-07-18. Author : SpecialChem

International Paint Korea has celebrated its 100th Intersleek® application in the ship repair sector to a Korean flagged ship - the 138,000m3 LNG carrier "SK Splendor", coated at a Singaporean shipyard for SK Shipping Co. Ltd.

In addition to the 100 applications, which include amongst others 44 container ships, 17 gas carriers, 16 purse seiners, nine ferries, five RoRo vessels and four bulk carriers, there have also been more than 70 applications of Intersleek® foul release technology in the Korean newbuilding market.

Since its first Korean application in 2005, Intersleek® has achieved considerable success with a range of customers, including Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Marine, STX Pan Ocean, Korea Line Co., Korea Marine Transport, Cido Shipping, Dongwon Industries, Silla Co., Weidong Ferry and Chonghaejin Marine Co. As high oil prices and tight operating margins continue to impact vessel profitability, the coating's potential efficiency benefits, including average fuel savings of up to 9% , become even more significant to owners and operators. Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) is a case in point, with 17 of the 20 LNG carriers it charters coated with Intersleek® and the rest to be coated at their next drydocking. Operating in high seawater temperatures and at varying activity levels, these vessels are particularly prone to fouling. Thanks to Intersleek®, KOGAS has not only cut its fuel consumption but has also seen a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions.

With over 1,400 vessels now coated with Intersleek® worldwide, International® looks forward to the product's continuing success in helping customers enhance their operational, commercial and environmental profile.

About International Marine

International Paint Ltd. is part of Akzo Nobel, one of the world's leading industrial companies and the world's largest coatings manufacturer. Their marine coatings are engineered to deliver proven performance in service whilst representing value for money. Environmental responsibility is a major feature of the marine coatings offer; particularly in terms of new product introductions and ongoing global research programmes. They are among are technology leaders in antifoulings, abrasion resistant coatings, ballast tank coatings and Queen's Award winning foul release coatings for ships being built, repaired or maintained.

Source: International Marine

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