Jotun has combined its extensive coating data and experience with new technology such as remote ROV inspections into HullKeeper, an advanced hull coating optimisation programme
HullKeeper has been designed by Jotun’s team of hull performance experts, and consists of a four-part programme. Ship operators can take full control of their operations through hull monitoring, fouling risk alerts, inspections and advisory services, selecting the complete package or the parts that work for them.
The HullKeeper programme is grounded in Jotun’s proprietary fouling risk algorithm, supported by data from different sources to make fouling control and efficiency more predictable. By providing insight into issues before they occur, ship operators can take planned corrective actions.
According to Jotun global hull performance category director Stein Kjølberg, more ship operators have recognised that proactive fouling control and hull efficiency are critical to managing increasingly strict regulations, rising fuel costs and environmental performance.
“Jotun has a proven record of developing products and services that help customers meet the demands of a changing industry,” he said. “HullKeeper extends the range of our services, helping operators to make well-informed and proactive decisions to improve hull efficiency as they push for optimal performance, efficiency and regulatory compliance.”
HullKeeper complements Jotun’s core hull performance offering and is consistent with the company’s focus on providing products and services to make shipping more sustainable.
Jotun global digital & data director Andreas Krapp noted that controlling the condition of a ship’s hull is the key to lowering fuel consumption and corresponding emissions. “HullKeeper is a market differentiator in the sense that it offers unique support that both adds value and meets the needs of customers,” he said. “Ship operators that use HullKeeper will be able to identify potential problems long before fouling impacts vessel performance, allowing them to make better decisions, faster.”
Dr Krapp explains that increased fuel consumption related to biofouling accounts for about 9% of the 919M tonnes of CO2 and 21M tonnes of other greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted by shipping annually.
While he acknowledges it is unlikely that the industry will reach the full potential reduction of 85M tonnes of GHGs, HullKeeper represents a genuine opportunity to help the industry make significant emissions reductions.
“In addition to offering ship operators a cost-effective programme that can reduce GHG emissions, HullKeeper helps them to save on bunkering costs,” he said. “In this way, HullKeeper incentivises improved environmental performance.”
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