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Wightlink FastCats get Faster with Intersleek®900

Published on 2009-02-26. Author : SpecialChem

FELLING, UK -- With three vessels already coated and more specified for application this year, Wightlink Ltd, a UK-based ferry company, has firmly adopted International Paint's revolutionary foul-release coating system, Intersleek 900, a unique, patented fluoropolymer foul-release coating.

Dedicated to operational excellence with a focus on vessel speed and efficiency, the 160-year-old company wanted to use the best foul-release technology available for their three catamarans. After comparing various in-service performance results it selected Intersleek 900 and in April, May and July 2007 the vessels 'FastCat Ryde', 'Our Lady Pamela' and 'FastCat Shanklin' were respectively drydocked. The vertical sides of all three vessels were coated with Intersleek 900. The product has since provided exceptional cost benefits to the owner, including improved fuel consumption, reduced CO2 emissions and a reduced requirement for slipping. Wightlink has not taken any of the vessels out of service for cleaning since the application of Intersleek 900. Prior to this the vessels needed slipping every two months.

Mr. Mark Parsons, Wightlink Technical Superintendent said, "In conjunction with major engine overhauls on the FastCats 'Ryde' and 'Shanklin', we have kept a close watch on the performance effect of Intersleek 900 and have identified a significant improvement in vessel efficiency. The Fastcats now run at a reduced engine rpm complemented by associated fuel savings".

With over 250 vessels coated, Intersleek 900 represents the very latest advances in foul-release technology offering excellent performance benefits. The unprecedented reductions in Average Hull Roughness, combined with superior foul-release capabilities and improved resistance to mechanical damage, means that all vessels operating above 10 knots can now benefit from foul-release technology.

About Wightlink Ltd:

With a total fleet of eight ferries and three catamarans, Wightlink operates an average 68,000 sailings a year on three routes to and from the Isle of Wight to the English mainland. Carrying in excess of 5.6 million passengers annually and offering a round the clock service, Wightlink run every day of the year on three routes across the Solent and sail up to 230 times a day during peak periods. Three replacement ferries are due into service on the Lymington -Yarmouth route early in 2009 and two catamarans are under construction to replace the existing three catamarans on the Portsmouth-Ride route. These are due to enter service in September 2009.

About International Paint Ltd.:

International Paint Ltd. is part of AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - pro forma 2007 revenue totaled €14.4 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life's essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We're passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That's why our 60,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today™.

Source: International Paint Ltd.

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