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Proven Savings with Intersleek® 900 - Indian Tanker Company Coats Second Aframax

Published on 2008-08-08. Author : SpecialChem

FELLING, U.K. -- A second Aframax tanker belonging to Mumbai-based Mercator Lines, the 105,000 dwt 'Prem Divya', has been coated with International Paint's foul release coating, Intersleek 900. The move comes just nine months after sistership 'Prem Pride' had her vertical sides coated with the latest generation patented fluoropolymer at Dubai Drydocks World. This time though, the hull upgrade of the 'Prem Divya' involved the entire underwater area of the 1998-built vessel during the tanker's second special survey.

"We had monitored the 'Prem Pride's' fuel consumption closely," explains Mercator Lines' Mr. Amit Agrawal, General Manager. "At corresponding engine speeds, the vessel was consuming up to 6% less fuel, depending on weather conditions, after the application of Intersleek 900. We originally calculated projected savings based on a bunker price of $450 and found we were saving nearly three tonnes of fuel a day. And whilst bunker prices continue to climb, our payback period just gets shorter. The added advantages of no biocides, reduced drydocking times and lower CO2 emissions convinced us that this is the technology we need".

Mercator Lines is a progressive shipping company, with stated objectives not only of raising operating efficiency but also of reducing its environmental impact wherever possible. Prior to investing in Intersleek 900 technology, the company had undertaken a detailed cost benefit analysis, taking references from owners who had already adopted the new hull coating. The process involved calculating the savings generated by easier through-life hull coatings management including a smaller volume of paint required at subsequent dockings, an improvement in environmental footprint and, of course, startling fuel consumption savings.

Speaking for International Paint, Mr. Clive O'Leary, Worldwide Marine Business Development Manager commented: "We are delighted that in the short time since the 'Prem Pride' had Intersleek 900 applied to her vertical sides, the savings are so obvious. Now, the 'Prem Divya' has had her entire underwater hull coated we look forward to comparing the figures. Rising bunker prices are generating unprecedented interest in Intersleek 900 and we are about to carry out our 120th application".

Mercator Liner is one of India's fastest growing shipping firms, with a diverse fleet including tankers, bulk carriers, dredgers and an oil rig. The tanker fleet includes two VLCCs and the company has plans to convert a single-hulled supertanker into a Very Large Ore Carrier. Mercator Lines has been a pioneer of latest generation coatings and has adopted the latest technology for all ship areas, both internal and external.

Introduced in February 2007, Intersleek 900 is exceptionally smooth with unprecedented low levels of average hull roughness, excellent foul release capabilities and good resistance to mechanical damage. In terms of fuel efficiency and emissions, Intersleek 900 offers predicted savings of a further 2% in comparison to Intersleek 700 and 6% in comparison to SPC antifoulings, although in-service experience on a range of vessel types has shown savings considerably higher than this. The potential exists for even greater savings in comparison to CDP, controlled depletion antifoulings. The absence of biocides also offers cost advantages at the next drydocking on treatment and disposal costs of wash water and blasting abrasive.

About International Paint Ltd.:

International Paint Ltd. is part of Akzo Nobel. Akzo Nobel is one of the world's leading industrial companies. We are the largest global coatings manufacturer and the number one in decorative paints and performance coatings, as well as being a major worldwide supplier of speciality chemicals. We employ around 68,000 people in more than 80 countries and are committed to developing innovative products and cutting-edge sustainable technologies. We endeavor to deliver whatever our customers require, wherever and whenever they need it. Based in the Netherlands, Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. We are the Chemicals industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, as well as being included on the FTSE4Good Index. Pro forma combined revenues for 2007 totaled EUR 14.4 billion.

Source: International Paint Ltd.

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