April 16, 2009
Intersleek 900 improves Queen Mary 2 performance
Carnival Corporation reports positive performance results following the application of the fluoropolymer foul release coating Intersleek 900 for the underwater hull of Cunard's Queen Mary 2.
Almost 6000 square meters of the liner's hull was hydroblasted and recoated at its recent maintenance & repair docking at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg.
The ship had been previously coated with a self polishing copolymer (SPC) antifouling. The decision to switch to Intersleek 900 was an integral part of a strategic initiative to reduce fuel usage, cost and associated CO2 emissions whilst still maintaining operational schedules.
Mr. David Strawford, Head of Technical Services, Carnival UK said, "To date, performance results have been very positive. The vessel is achieving operational speed whilst utilizing less power than was previously the case--a significant improvement compared to the previous SPC system."
Carnival Corporation and PLC has coated more cruise vessels with the Intersleek system than any other passenger vessel operator. Its first vessel to be coated was P&O Cruises 'Oriana' in 1999 with the silicone based foul release system Intersleek 700. Since then, twenty other Carnival Corporation cruise vessels have subsequently been coated.
Following the introduction of Intersleek 900 by International Paint in 2007, Carnival is currently upgrading existing silicone coated vessels to advanced fluoropolymer technology. Smoother, tougher and with better foul release capabilities than its silicone based predecessor, Intersleek 900 was most recently applied on P&O Cruises Arcadia and is specified on the four AIDA cruise vessels currently under construction at Meyer Werft, Papenburg.