Jotun said its SeaQuantum III series has an improved silyl methacrylate blend that will create average fuel savings of US$500,000 per year for a 3,000-TEU feeder container ship
The gains seen would extend for larger vessels and with fuel price hikes, the company said.
Jotun has had silyl-based coatings on the market since the introduction of the SeaQuantum series in 2000, but global marketing manager Tan Keng Khoon said the current series marks “an evolutionary step forward” in development, thanks to a new silyl methacrylate blend and the introduction of Jotun’s proprietary Micro Zone technology.
SeaQuantum III features three products, tailored to suit different operational profiles: SeaQuantum Ultra III for vessels with lower activity (with up to 45 idle days), SeaQuantum Classic III for medium activity (30 idle days), and SeaQuantum Plus III for high activity (with higher vessel speeds).
The formulation of SeaQuantum III ensures a lower volatile organic compound (VOC) content and higher volume of solids, ensuring compliance with strict global and regional VOC regulations including in Asia.
In addition, the company said the Mirco Zone technology prolongs the time between the activation of coating biocides and their dispersal, keeping them closer to the hull longer, creating a protective shield against fouling. The result is a cleaner hull with less friction, Mr Khoon said.
“This range signals a step forward in efficiency, cost control and environmental performance, and we think that is a compelling proposition for today’s forward-thinking owners and operators.”
This year Jotun also launched the Hull Skating Solutions robotic hull cleaning system. Last month, container giant MSC became the first line to install the robotic technology for proactive hull cleaning.