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Use of Intersleek 900 growing.

Yang Ming Transport Corporation has taken delivery of two new vessels that used International Paint's premium foul release coating Intersleek 900.

The vessels were built at China Shipbuilding Corporation's Kaohsiung Yard in Taiwan. One of them, the 8,240 teu YM Utility, is the first newbuilding project to have had an application of Intersleek 900 outside of a European yard. The other vessel, which has roughly the same capacity, was YM Uniform. In other International Paints-related news, the paint company said it had received good reports about ships that used Intersleek 900. Sydney-based Inco Ships said its vessel Ikuna had raised its speed by 1 knot since it was coated with that in 2006. Andrew Dally, managing director of Inco Ships, commented after a routine inspection 37 months after Intersleek 900 was applied: "The hull was clear of any animal or weed fouling growth with the exception of the sacrificial anodes which were covered with marine organisms thereby indicating the high level of fouling faced by the vessel." Since coating the Ikuna with Intersleek 900, Inco Ships has also coated the Goliath and the Torrens with the same product. Cunard Line, having chosen Intersleek 900 for the underwater hull of the transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2, experienced positive performance results. Previously coated with a self polishing copolymer (SPC) antifouling, the decision to switch to Intersleek 900 was an integral part of a strategic initiative to reduce fuel usage, cost and associated CO2 emissions while still maintaining operational schedules.

Operating with less power "The vessel is achieving operational speed whilst utilising less power than was previously the case. A significant improvement compared to the previous SPC system," said David Strawford, head of technical services, Carnival UK. Cunard Line is one of the world's most sophisticated brand names and part of Carnival Corporation and PLC. Carnival Corporation and PLC has coated more cruise vessels with the Intersleek system than any other passenger vessel operator. Their first vessel to be coated was P&O Cruises' Oriana for which the silicone-based foul release system Intersleek 700 was applied in 1999. Since then 20 other Carnival cruise vessels have subsequently been coated. The company is currently upgrading existing silicone coated vessels to advanced fluoropolymer technology. Intersleek 900 was recently applied on P&O Cruises' Arcadia and is specified on four Aida cruise vessels currently under construction. Mumbai's Mercator Lines is closely monitoring the performance of vessels coated with Intersleek 900. One of the vessels, Prem Pride, which had an Intersleek 900 coat, showed a 6 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, and another vessel, Prem Divya, witnessed a 9 per cent reduction. Rio Tinto is the latest major charterer to invest in the Intersleek 900 fluoropolymer paint system. The vast mining corporation took delivery of the 90,000 dwt RTM Twarra, the fourth in a series of five bulk carriers building at Namura in Japan and destined to carry bauxite to China and around Australia. Following her delivery at the end of April, the RTM Twarra sailed straight for Subic Bay in the Philippines where a tie coat was applied to the existing fitting-out antifouling; then the hull was coated with a five-year Intersleek 900 system. Although the RTM Twarra is a first for Rio Tinto, International Paint's UK marine manager Steve Breen says that if it is successful, the mining firm may choose the coating for the fifth ship in the series, due to deliver in October. He says the move is indicative of a growing trend by charterers to adopt the latest coatings technology, both on owned and long-term chartered tonnage.

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