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 (photo: Jotun)
Jotun, a global provider of marine antifouling coatings, believes the European Union’s decision to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings 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.
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.
“Copper’s efficacy is second to none when it comes to delivering clean hulls,” comments Mr Alfie Ong, VP Jotun Marine Coatings. “And clean hulls are integral to enhancing the sustainability of the shipping industry, both commercially and environmentally. 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.”
“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. At Jotun we’re delighted to be able to continue supplying quality coatings to the region, meeting a very clear market demand for enhanced efficiency and vessel performance,” adds Ong.
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.
In the first ever five year dry-docking of a vessel treated with HPS (Gearbulk’s Penguin Arrow, dry-docked in late 2015), recorded data demonstrated that the ship made a staggering fuel saving of USD 1.5 million, cutting CO2 emissions by some 12,055 tonnes, across the 60-month period (compared to the previous 5 years).
“The results speak for themselves,” Ong notes. “SeaQuantum X200 delivers proven ROI for shipowners, reducing operational costs and slashing emissions. Copper is a key component which enables that performance. The EU has made it clear that further steps are required to approve the use of Copper in individual coatings, but this initial move is a critical first step forwards for the industry. We welcome this decision, as will everyone interested in better environmental performance, efficiency and sustainability in shipping.”