media release Ship industry to benefit from AkzoNobel's revolutionary antifouling March 23, 2016 Ship owners and operators can now benefit from improvements in operational, cost and environmental efficiencies thanks to the latest antifouling developed by AkzoNobel, which is set to revolutionize the biocidal coatings market. Intercept 8500 LPP is the highest-performing biocidal antifouling in the company's International® range of marine coatings. It delivers consistent, predictable fouling control performance for in-service periods of up to 90 months, even on high risk fouling routes. It also comes with extended performance guarantees, proven in-service performance and a unique polymer combination incorporating AkzoNobel’s patented Lubyon® technology with a silyl methacrylate self-polishing copolymer. "Intercept 8500 LPP's unique polymer combination delivers a step change in biocidal coatings performance that will revolutionize the biocidal coatings market," said Carl Barnes, Antifouling Business Manager for AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business. "Based on in-service trials – which included high risk fouling routes between the Arabian Gulf and South East Asia – Intercept 8500 LPP surpasses the fouling control performance of all our biocidal coatings." The exact operational, cost and environmental efficiencies delivered by Intercept 8500 LPP are dependent on the unique characteristics and trading patterns of each vessel. Using Intertrac Vision – AkzoNobel's "big data" hull performance prediction technology – ship owners and operators can access an accurate picture of the product's performance on their vessels over the full dry docking cycle, prior to application. "Intercept 8500 LPP is the culmination of ten years of research and development by AkzoNobel's research scientists, hydrodynamicists and marine biologists, " explained Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business. "We are proud of our track record in sustainable innovation and the performance and sustainability benefits that we can bring to our customers."