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AkzoNobel develops pioneering marine fouling prevention solution based on UV-LED technology

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  • Thursday March 1st, 2018 | Features

AkzoNobel is to develop a revolutionary fouling prevention technology which uses ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV-LED). The pioneering solution – which uses underlying technology developed by Royal Philips – will be applied to underwater surfaces to eliminate fouling growth. By teaming up AkzoNobel’s cutting-edge surface protection and adhesion know-how with Royal Philips’ unrivalled capabilities and intellectual […]

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Biofouling back on the regulatory agenda

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  • Friday February 9th, 2018 | Features

In August 2017, the IMO announced a new global project, the GloFouling Partnership, to encourage the uptake of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling (resolution MEPC.207(62)) issued in 2011. In addition, this week , the Pollution Prevention and Response sub-committee of IMO (IMO-PPR) will discuss a proposal from the EU […]

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What we do to stay safe; nothing is more important

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  • Tuesday December 19th, 2017 | Features

The one thing which truly can keep me awake at night is the concern for the safety of my colleagues. Ensuring their well-being is the top-priority for me and my managers. Many of our colleagues work at sites where they are exposed to potential safety hazards. If we take the example of Singapore, there were 66 […]

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  • Tuesday November 28th, 2017 | Features

Ships that sail the seas foul to slime.  What do we know about this universal fouling problem? Firstly, we know that the marine industry is not alone in facing a slime challenge.  As fouling control coatings researchers at AkzoNobel, we are interested in the drag consequences of biofilms (slime) on ships.  Surgeons worry that biofilms […]

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Customer-focused Product Stewardship


At AkzoNobel we ensure that product safety and sustainability is considered in all areas of the value chain, from raw material extraction by our suppliers, manufacturing in our factories, application of our products and ultimately recycling at end-of-life.  We call this our Product Stewardship approach. We see Product Stewardship as a fundamental way of doing […]

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Intercept 8500 LPP a clear choice for cruise operators


There are few buoyant sectors in shipping at present, but cruise business is on a roll. There are now a record number of cruise ships on order with a total contract value of close to $50bn, and an existing fleet that is now larger than it has ever been. AkzoNobel, supplier of the International® brand […]

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Intercept 8500 LPP notches up exceptional in-service performance


Ships’ hulls coated with AkzoNobel’s premium biocide-based anti-fouling, Intercept 8500 LPP, are revealing excellent and, in some case, exceptional in-service results. Intercept 8500 LPP is exceeding all expectations. LPP stands for ‘linear polishing polymer’, and this latest addition to our product range, which we launched in March 2016, is doing just that. Its carefully formulated […]

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Newbuildings in Korea with Intersleek® coatings


Since the first newbuilding application of Intersleek coatings in Korea (2005), a total of 73 vessels have been successfully coated with Intersleek products in Korean Newbuilding shipyards, including Knutsen’s 2 LNG carriers which were coated with Intersleek 1100SR and delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2016.   Images courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries Newbuilding […]

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Zafer takes on new approach to maintain a clean hull with Intersleek 1100SR


With its calm waters and strategic location at the tip of the Malay peninsula, Singapore has thrived as a trading depot and port where ships can refit and take on fuel, known as bunkering. The locally-owned barges that move from vessel to vessel replenishing them with fuel are vital to the port’s function. However, those […]

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The outcome of MEPC71 explained – Good news for the environment?

It’s rare to see a blockbuster movie these days that doesn’t spend at least some of its time setting up a sequel, reassuring audiences that although the action is over for now, they won’t have to wait long for more. It’s a similar feeling watching the results of MEPC71 (the 71st Marine Environment Protection Committee) […]

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