Propeller Blog


Which is the best fouling control coatings technology? More than 40 years of “big data” gives the answer

Ever since mankind first set sail there has been a need to protect vessels against the natural onslaught of marine biofouling species. Over the centuries an array of solutions have been investigated with varying degrees of success, from cladding ships’ hulls with copper plate to coatings based on exotic chemical concoctions delivered as a lacquer […]

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Predicting the impact of fouling control coatings on ship powering requirements and operational efficiency: Roughness and Fuel Savings

In today’s competitive market, ship owners and operators need clearer guidance on the potential performance benefits of fouling control coatings for their specific vessels to make optimal coating choices. I have outlined the development of models to predict the impact of fouling control coating choices on ship operational efficiency. Ship owners and operators are sometimes […]

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Dataplan Revisited


In 1974, some inspirational scientists, at what was then International Paints (now AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings Business), set up a database to collect information on the performance of the company’s fouling control coatings.  The database, called Dataplan, was designed with simplicity in mind, and grew unabated for almost 30 years. Dataplan ultimately grew into “big data”; […]

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Coating solutions for LNG carriers

In the recent past, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been the focus of considerable interest as the important substitution of fuel oil. Growing need for clean energy in a number of regions is fueling this demand further. The only economically viable method of transporting liquefied natural gas over long distances is via LNG carriers. LNG […]

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The future of shipping: cool and sustainable


The shipping industry is currently experiencing exciting and long-overdue tectonic shifts that will change it forever. AkzoNobel is one of the companies to help revolutionize this global industry. As changes are taking hold across the industry the momentum to do things differently is growing and this is creating endless opportunities to innovate, create and transform. […]

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Do shipowners realize the benefits of investing in sustainable solutions?


On May 28th 2015 the Dutch “Financieele Dagblad” published an article on AkzoNobel’s successful launch of the first ever carbon credit methodology in the maritime industry. Linked to our company’s eco-friendly antifouling coatings Intersleek®, the scheme provides an additional financial incentive to shipowners to upgrade to sustainable solutions.  However, as the maritime industry is going […]

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Intersleek upgrade pays off on high-speed ropax ferries in Australia


Two high-speed ferries owned and operated by TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, which run between Australia’s Port of Melbourne in Victoria and Devonport in Tasmania, have had a series of hull coating upgrades which are paying off in terms of improved efficiency and lower maintenance requirements. One of the ferries has already had her hull coated […]

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Interline 9001 and AkzoNobel’s global support set-up a “unique combination”


The Challenge Chemical tanker operators face a growing challenge in choosing the best cargo tank coatings. An increasingly diverse range of cargoes, some of them commonly known to be aggressive, can now be shipped in special coated tanks and may not need stainless steel containment. However, the carriage of many of these cargoes can still […]

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Can you objectively measure hull and propeller performance? The new ISO 19030 standard explained

Many of the customers in the maritime industry are confused by the various promises from their suppliers regarding potential fuel savings. AkzoNobel is committed to deliver transparency and choice in hull coating selection and performance. AkzoNobel has played an influential role in the development of all parts of the new ISO 19030 standard which was […]

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Can drones transform the maritime industry?

Much has been made of re-supplying vessels at sea using “unmanned aerial systems (UAS)”, or: drones. The first tests demonstrated that various barriers still need to be overcome to make this a feasible option for the maritime industry. So, is this really the area where we should expect the deployment of drones in the short […]

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