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Intersleek® in 9% Mercator Lines improvement

Published on 2009-06-25. Author : SpecialChem

Mumbai-based Mercator Lines Limited continues to see the benefits of using International Paint's fluoropolymer foul release coating, Intersleek 900, on two of their Aframax vessels, the 'Prem Pride' and 'Prem Divya'.

The vertical sides of the 'Prem Pride' were coated with Intersleek 900 in October 2007. The positive performance results from that vessel, up to 6% reduction in fuel consumption, were sufficient to convince Mercator Lines to coat the entire underwater hull of the 'Prem Divya' during her second special survey in June 2008.

"We have continued to closely monitor the performance of both vessels," Mr Amit Agarwal, General Manager of Mercator Lines said. "Last year the monitoring showed that on the 'Prem Pride' we achieved up to 6% fuel savings using Intersleek 900. This year, with even more data, we can confirm that the fuel and emission savings have been maintained".

Mr Agarwal continues, "Whilst we continue to be happy with the performance of Intersleek 900 on the 'Prem Pride', we fully expected an improvement on the 'Prem Divya' as we had increased the area of the underwater hull coated to include the flat bottom. The detailed monitoring of the performance of the 'Prem Divya' has confirmed that we are now achieving up to a 9% reduction in fuel consumption under comparable operating conditions."

One of India's fastest growing shipping firms, Mercator Lines has been a pioneer of innovative technology. With Intersleek 900 resulting in fuel consumption savings of up to 6% on the 'Prem Pride' and 9% on the 'Prem Divya', the company has reduced emissions to the environment equating to almost 11,000 tonnes of CO2, 100 tonnes of SOx and 200 tonnes of NOx.

Mercator Lines Limited, the second largest private sector shipping company in India (by aggregate fleet tonnage capacity), has global presence through its subsidiaries. The group has diversified interests and is a strong player in Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Dredging, Coal Mining; Logistics and Offshore and presently owns or operates a fleet of 1 Rig; 12 dry carriers; 12 tankers and 4 dredgers.

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 - 2008 revenue totaled €15.4 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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