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AkzoNobel’s lightweight coatings get “thumbs-up” from US Navy

Aircraft Carrier

Background Saving weight can be a priority on board commercial ships and naval vessels. The designers of cruise ships, ferries, offshore support vessels and tugs often face weight constraints, but for military vessels, weight minimisation is always an important objective. However, there has often been a compromise between lightweight coatings and cost. Now, two of […]

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Intersleek 1100SR sets new records


You could well imagine that top-of-the-range coatings would be a hard sell in shipping markets with surplus capacity, weak charter markets and dramatically cheaper fuel costs. Not so, for AkzoNobel’s biocide-free Intersleek 1100SR, part of the International® range of marine coatings, which has now been applied to the hulls of more than 900 vessels. Intersleek […]

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Duplex coating for long static and in-service conditions


Ship owners and shipyards can achieve comprehensive hull fouling protection with the recent launch of Interflex™ 8700 SPC antifouling, part of the International® range of marine coatings. Static Fouling conditions in Korean Newbuilding Yards Over the past 2-3 years, there has been a phenomenon of very high barnacle activity over the summer months in Korea […]

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High Performance and Low Emissions in One Package


Intersmooth®7460HS SPC and Intersmooth®7465HS SPC can mean fewer coats and reduced dry dock time. Intersmooth 7460HS SPC is designed for maintenance and repair along with Intersmooth 7465HS SPC designed for newbuilding situations. Launched in 2008 they are based on a copper acrylate Self Polishing Copolymer (SPC) technology. They are higher volume solids versions of the […]

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Global VOC legislation: An overview for the Marine market


In recent times there has been a shift in terms of developing VOC legislation. A decade ago, the most active areas were the EU and the US. However, in recent times, Korea and China have become much more active in this area. In the US, the VOC legislation affecting the Marine market has been relatively […]

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Making informed decisions on blasting


Ship operators always face a range of difficult decisions as ships head for routine dockings. Whether to spot-blast and repair existing hull coatings or pay more for a full blast and re-application of a full hull coating scheme is one of them. Smooth hulls create less frictional resistance and save fuel but comparing the relative benefits […]

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First ship operators receive multiple benefits from carbon credits

Carbon Credits

The pioneering participants in AkzoNobel’s ground-breaking carbon credits programme are now reaping their first commercial rewards. Early adopters of the first ever initiative in shipping include Greek tanker and bulker operator, Neda Maritime. The ship owner has generated 17,168 independently validated carbon credits earned as a result of proven cuts in carbon emissions from its […]

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Top of the range, consistent and predictable fouling control performance


Ship owners and operators have an exciting new opportunity for hull fouling protection with the recent launch of AkzoNobel’s Intercept® 8500 LPP, biocide-based antifouling, part of the International® range of marine products. The latest product in AkzoNobel’s biocidal antifouling range, launched in March, marks the latest step change in hull protection technology. The ground-breaking hull […]

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AkzoNobel Marine Coatings in pole position as China introduces new VOC regulations

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As new regulations relating to VOC emissions come into force in parts of China, AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business continues its drive to reduce the volatile organic compound (VOC) content of its International® range of products. AkzoNobel’s ultimate ambition is to become the marine coatings company of choice with respect to reducing air pollution at Shipyards […]

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Intertrac Vision heralds a new era in fouling control coating selection


Background Making decisions on how best to tackle the challenge of hull fouling is a key priority for ship owners and operators, due to the significant reductions in fuel and CO2 savings that can be delivered by the right coating. Faced with a range of statistics on the performance of particular products, ship operators have […]

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