Jotun launches first resilient antifouling paint
Miami (US), March 13, 2013
Jotun, a leading Norway-based global producer and distributor of paints and coatings, has launched SeaLion Resilient, a high performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology.
The industry’s first anti-fouling coating that includes epoxy-polysiloxane, a compound of resins and hardeners that provides highly resilient hull protection, has been launched following extensive research and testing, said Jotun in its statement.
When combined with Jotun’s proven Fouling Release Coatings (FRC) technology, the epoxy-polysiloxane in SeaLion Resilient prevents settling of organisms on the hull and produces a glossy, smooth surface optimised for owners seeking to reduce costs related to dry-docking and maintenance, it stated.
"SeaLion Resilient has been specifically formulated for owners and managers seeking improved maintenance and docking efficiency. Its properties significantly reduce the risk of mechanical damage and maintain hull condition throughout the service period," explained Jorunn Saetnoe, the product manager (Antifouling) at Jotun.
"By simplifying maintenance and reducing need for repair, SeaLion Resilient can contribute to a significant reduction in off-hire time and docking and labour costs, while keeping paint consumption to a minimum," she noted.
Saetnoe said in addition to the strong coating features reducing mechanical damage, SeaLion Resilient resists fouling and provides a smooth surface that decreases drag and hence effecting carbon emissions by savings in fuel consumption.
"Requiring only two coats, Sea Lion Resilient is easy to apply and cuts time spent in dock, resulting in significant savings related to maintenance and repair," she stated.
Consistent with Jotun’s sustainability programme, (Jotun GreenSteps), SeaLion Resilient is a biocide-free coating and has low VOC emissions, making it a sustainable coating solution, remarked Saetnoe.
The formal launch of Sea Lion Resilient took place at the Miami Cruise Shipping Exhibition.
“We are confident that cruise ship owners will recognise the value of using a product that combines a glossy appearance with anti-abrasive qualities that effectively prevent most types of mechanical damage,” the official said.
“And for owners operating Caribbean cruises, where warm and shallow waters contribute to rapid fouling, Sea Lion Resilient helps reduce costs related to underwater cleaning and cuts the risk of transferring of invasive species to highly regulated areas,” she added.-TradeArabia News Service
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