Surge in demand for biotech based antifouling agent

FEBRUARY 9, 2016 —I-Tech, a Swedish bio-tech company founded by a group of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, reports an “extraordinary” upsurge in demand for its

Hempel passes micro-fiber based antifouling milestone


Hempel gained the patent for the micro-fiber antifouling technology in 1994, in its Nautic Tin-free 8190C product. Today, the technology is incorporated in all Hempel’s fouling prevention products. It involves introducing an internal skeleton of fibers into the paint to enhance its mechanical strength – in the same way that steel rods can be inserted into concrete to reinforce a structure.

The company is the only coatings manufacturer to use micro-fibers in its paints.

“Our micro-fiber coatings give the advantage of a stronger product that does not crack or peel,” says Group Product Manager Andreas Glud, explaining the value of this technology. “Antifouling products deliver outstanding protection but due to their chemical make-up, their mechanical strength is often weak. That is, the higher grade of antifouling products, the higher risk of cracking. To combat this, we developed our silicate-based micro-fiber technology, which helps reduce dry dock costs.”

The technology is now also being used in other Hempel products such as epoxy cargo tank paints and other anticorrosive coatings.

“Through leading edge R&D activities, we strive to deliver products with outstanding properties,” says Group Marine Marketing Director, Christian Ottosen. “In this case, we were aware that all antifoulings suffer from strength issues and so we invested in the technology to enhance our paints. We are pleased to announce that we have now sold 100 million liters of micro-fibre based coatings. This clearly demonstrates that we are able to meet the demands of the market and help stakeholders in the marine industry overcome their challenges.”

Jotun celebrates 10,000th SeaQuantum application

SEPTEMBER 4, 2015 — Coatings manufacturer Jotun and COSCO Dalian Ocean Shipping Company recently celebrated the 10,000th application of Jotun’s premium antifouling SeaQuantum. The ship marking the milestone, COSCO Dalian’s 297,336-dwt tanker,

Spanish ferry owner signs up for carbon credit program

APRIL 24, 2015 — Spanish ferry operator Baleària has enrolled its passenger ferry Martin i Soler into an AkzoNobel scheme that financially rewards shipowners by enabling them to generate income in the

MSC opts for Jotun Hull Performance Solutions for 12 ships

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 — Jotun Marine Coatings reports that Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has opted for Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) on 12 vessels – including the world’s largest containership the 19,224

Innovative fouling defense coating racks up references

OCTOBER 23, 2014 — Just over a year after its introduction, Hempaguard, a ground-breaking hull coating concept from Danish coatings manufacturer Hempel, has already been applied to more than 170 full ships

Maerk’s Triple E ships to get slippery treatment

JULY 4, 2014—Sustainability is a core focus of Maersk Line, particularly when it comes to operating its new Triple-E class of 18,000 TEU containerships. At 400 meters long, 59 meters wide and

GAC launches diver-free underwater hull cleaning system

DECEMBER 16, 2013 —GAC EnvironHull, part of Dubai headquartered GAC Group, has launched HullWiper, offering diver-free, cost effective and eco-friendly underwater hull cleaning. GAC EnvironHull says that, espite its compact size of just

Jotun launches performance package for eco ship builders

OCTOBER 23, 2013 — Jotun Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) has launched the HPS Newbuilding Solution at the Kormarine event in South Korea. The aim is to help shipbuilders delivering eco-design vessels to

Jotun launches new antifouling at Cruise Shipping Miami

MARCH 12, 2013 — Jotun AS is now offering SeaLion Resilient, a high performance marine antifouling coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology. Epoxy-polysiloxane, a compound of resins and hardeners, provides highly resilient hull