Selektope provides a better long-term treatment against fouling because to its high concentrate efficacy and low biocidal burden.
FREMONT, CA: Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP), a leading hull paint manufacturer, has included the active antifouling agent Selektope in a new coating product designed for global trading vessels. SEAFLO NEO M1 PLUS, the newest addition to the SEAFLO NEO line, is designed to protect ocean-going vessels with variable trading patterns and levels of activity from soft and hard fouling. SEAFLO NEO M1 PLUS is low friction, hydrolysis antifouling coating that reduces environmental impact by keeping the hull clean and reducing biocidal leaching from the coating. It is classified as a low volatile organic compound.
SEAFLO NEO M1 PLUS is a smooth surface that helps reduce fuel consumption by reducing the frictional resistance of water flow during ship operation. It was developed to fulfill expanding environmental market demands for sustainable coatings. It is suited for ships exposed to high fouling pressure, such as long idle periods in places with high water temperatures or static circumstances during the outfitting time at a new building stage, and can be used at both new buildings drydocking stages.
CMP has been a long-time collaborator of I-Tech, the Swedish biotech business behind Selektope, and presently produces the most Selektope-powered goods of any one manufacturer. Selektope provides a better long-term treatment against fouling because to its high concentrate efficacy and low biocidal burden.
Last year, I-Tech commissioned a review of hull fouling condition data acquired from vessel drydocking attendance during a four-year period. More than 40 percent of vessels had over 10 percent hard fouling covering on the hull, resulting in millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions.
I-Tech CEO Philip Chaabane commented: “We are proud that Selektope has been selected to act as a core agent in this remarkable new coating launched by Chugoku Marine Paints, targeting the global fleet. Following the first commercial activity with Selektope six years ago, this product marks a new step in utilizing I-Techs active agent. I am excited to see the Selektope-powered M1 product move into the market, and contribute to making shipping more sustainable.”
Many vessels were forced to lay at anchor throughout the epidemic, exposing them to the risk of hard biofouling. As a result of the new IMO targets, the demand to cut GHG emissions is greater than ever. Shipowners are using innovative technologies such as Selektope to improve fuel economy.