Fuel-saving marine coating launched in Miami

Coating is said to reduce the risk of mechanical damage, decrease drag and achieve fuel savings.

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Updated on 13 Mar 2013 13:01 GMT

Norwegian firm Jotun - a leading manufacturer of paints, coatings and powder coatings - has announced the launch of SeaLion Resilient, a high performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology.

According to Jotun, it is the first anti-fouling coating that includes epoxy-polysiloxan - a compound of resins and hardeners that provides highly resilient hull protection.

When combined with Jotun’s Fouling Release Coatings (FRC) technology, the epoxy-polysiloxane in SeaLion Resilient is said to prevent the settling of organisms on the hull and produce a glossy, smooth surface optimized for owners seeking to reduce costs related to dry-docking and maintenance.

SeaLion Resilient has been specifically formulated for owners and managers seeking improved maintenance and docking efficiency. The properties of SeaLion Resilient are said to significantly reduce the risk of mechanical damage and maintain hull condition throughout the service period. By simplifying maintenance and reducing the 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, according to Jotun.

In addition to the coating features reducing mechanical damage, SeaLion Resilient is claimed to resist fouling and provide a smooth surface that decreases drag and hence reduces 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.

Consistent with Jotun’s sustainability programme, entitled Jotun GreenSteps, SeaLion Resilient is a biocide-free coating and has low VOC emissions, making it a sustainable coating solution.

Sea Lion Resilient has been formally launched this week at the Miami Cruise Shipping Exhibition (March 11-14).

Jorunn Saetnoe, Product Manager Antifouling, remarked: "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. 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."