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Jotun lauds EU antifouling copper rule

BRUSSELS, September 24, 2016

Jotun, a global leader in marine antifouling coatings, has welcomed the recent European Union (EU) rule on the use of copper in marine antifoulings stating that it will ensure continued delivery of powerful benefits for both the shipping industry and environment.

Copper is a key ingredient of most antifouling coatings, valued for its ability to provide the best overall balance of environmental protection and cost savings, said a statement from Jotun.

By preventing the settling, growth and spread of a wide range of fouling species, copper plays a key role in ensuring clean vessel hulls. This minimises frictional resistance, reducing speed loss, fuel consumption, emissions, and the spread of potentially invasive marine species, it stated.

"Copper’s efficacy is second to none when it comes to delivering clean hulls," explained Alfie Ong, VP at Jotun Marine Coatings.

"And clean hulls are integral to enhancing the sustainability of the shipping industry, both commercially and environmentally," he said.

"Measuring hull performance in line with the soon to be published ISO 19030, we see that copper – a key ingredient of Jotun’s SeaQuantum X200 – performs well above competing alternatives. This means it provides not only the best ROI for ship owners, but also the best results for the environment," he noted.

“That’s why it’s excellent news for our customers that the EU, after an extensive review, has approved the use of copper in antifoulings through to 2026,” he added.

To prove the effectiveness of SeaQuantum X200, which has now been applied to over 400 vessels worldwide, Jotun has developed the Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) concept. This combines the coating with enhanced technical service and performance analysis according to the soon to be published ISO 19030.

On top of that HPS guarantees the performance with a cash back promise which is unique in the market.

“At Jotun we are delighted to be able to continue supplying quality coatings to the region, meeting a very clear market demand for enhanced efficiency and vessel performance,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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