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Making informed decisions on blasting

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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

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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

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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

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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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Interline 9001 becomes coating of choice for many chemical carrier operators

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  • Thursday February 27th, 2014 | Features, Product

Maximising revenue streams in the complex operation of sophisticated chemical carriers is a constant challenge. The right choice of tank coating, particularly for ships engaged in the carriage of aggressive chemicals, is essential, as many operators know to their cost. The wrong tank coating can lead to coating repair or replacement bills and off-hire running […]

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A Sustainable Balance

A Sustainable Balance

Momentum is gathering among shipping companies around the world to invest in green initiatives to reduce their carbon footprints and improve their environmental profiles. Customers, investors, employees and shareholders are all potential beneficiaries. But one coatings manufacturer is embracing the sustainability challenge and setting it at the heart of everything it does. Here, Dr. Gareth […]

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Back to the future

Performance-pioneers

When Alex Milne and Sandy Christie discovered in the 1970s that tributyltin (TBT) copolymer coatings were remarkably effective at polishing predictably over time, they could have had little clue that their findings would provide a basis for a revolution in self-polishing hull coatings technology several decades later. But International Marine Coatings latest self polishing copolymer […]

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Time to look at seastores!

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  • Wednesday August 21st, 2013 | Features

Take a peek into a typical paint locker on board many a merchant vessel today, and as likely as not you’ll find a bit of mess. Shipboard maintenance seldom warrants the attention that it should. Cosmetic coatings, anticorrosives and thinners fulfil vital functions but hardly hold the same appeal as ultra-smooth, non-stick, go-faster hull coatings […]

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Tackling the “slime” challenge

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The fact that smooth hulls save fuel has been a key message from International Paint for years. But understanding how and why marine organisms attach to the often hard-to-reach underwater areas of ships is a complex scientific challenge. Now, leading researchers are focusing on “slime”, a generic term covering many types of marine organisms which, […]

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