Using these technologies in tandem offers ship operators a holistic approach to maintaining the optimal efficiency of their vessels – reducing both their fuel costs and environmental footprint.
Why write a white paper?
“We want to reach out to the marine industry, to demystify and inform,” explains Barry Kidd, AkzoNobel’s Vessel Performance Manager in Marine and Protective Coatings. “We’re trying to help ship owners make better informed choices. We believe that our products – when selected appropriately – can act in synergy to help ship owners achieve some of their decarbonization objectives.”
Arno Dubois, Silverstream’s Hydrodynamics R&D Lead, goes on to explain further: “We want the wider audience to know that we’ve started R&D programs – including ships’ trials and data analysis – to demonstrate how our technologies can boost each other’s performance capabilities and help ship operators save money.”
What does it cover?
Three hypotheses set out the way that AkzoNobel’s antifouling coatings and Silverstream’s air lubrication system work together – illustrating the potential for further improvements in vessel performance and emission reductions.
Regulations have become a hot topic, both in the media and the marine community. The EU has started monitoring ships’ carbon emissions and is now applying direct taxation to companies entering and leaving EU ports to put pressure on ship owners to decarbonize – or face the financial consequences. The International Maritime Organization is also tightening its regulations to try to curb carbon emissions.
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