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HPS calculates impact of antifouling paint

Norwegian coating manufacturer Jotun says that Eitzen Chemical has decided to implement its Hull Performance Solutions (HPS), which includes a data management system to measure the impact of its antifouling paint system, on two chemical carriers.

Launched in 2011, HPS comprises SeaQuantum X200 antifouling and a tool that helps shipping companies measure the impact of the system on the energy efficiency of their vessels. The product is based on a no-cure-no-pay business model.

Eitzen’s first vessel, Siteam Discoverer, applied SeaQuantum X200 to the hull at the COSCO Dalian Shipyard in China in May, while the next vessel will dock in October later this year.

“Through several years of measuring our vessel's performance, we recognise that the correct choice of antifouling is one of the low hanging fruits when it comes to increasing our vessel's energy efficiency,” says Rasmus Kjaer, general manager technical for Siteam Discoverer at Eitzen Chemical.

“Eitzen Chemical is aware of its environmental responsibility and we strive to comply with and maintain high standards in order to reduce the environmental impact from our operations.”

“We are therefore excited to see the first hull performance measurements on the two vessels and the effect the coating has had on their fuel consumption, emission and operating efficiency.”

Jotun says that, compared to market average antifouling, SeaQuantum X200 is expected to deliver an improvement in propulsion efficiency of 15 per cent on a ship that maintains its speed over 60 months.

Eitzen Chemical operates a sailing fleet of 50 ships, mainly coated and stainless steel vessels.

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