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Firms Join Antifouling, Ship Monitoring

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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International Paint and Dutch marine environmental consultant BMT ARGOSS have teamed up in a new venture that allows International Paint customers to measure their hull coatings performance.

The new product-services partnership packages BMT’s SMARTSERVICES ship performance monitoring system with International Paint’s Intersmooth SPC and Intersleek antifouling coatings.

‘Measurable Reduction in Energy Use’

By deploying International Paint’s fouling control coatings with the BMT SMARTSERVICES system, “ship owners and operators will be able to benefit from a measurable reduction in energy use and CO2 emissions,” the companies say in a release.



Based in the Netherlands, BTM ARGOSS provides metocean services to the offshore, shipping and pipeline industries.

The BMT system will independently monitor and report vessel performance to stakeholders, the companies note.   

About the Products

BMT SMARTSERVICES builds on the company’s BMT SMARTPOWER, an advanced onboard, real-time performance monitoring and reporting system. The system automatically acquires and records data from ship sensors and provides ship performance information to the crew and shore-based management.

International Paint calls Intersmooth SPC “the world’s only self-polishing copolymer biocidal antifouling that offers 4% savings and 37 years of proven performance on over 33,000 ships.” Intersleek is a new-generation fluoropolymer foul-release coating that can save up to 9% on fuel and emissions, the company says.

Together, the coating and monitoring system “can deliver demonstrable and transparent improvements in performance, efficiency and environmental emissions for the global shipping fleet,” the companies say. 

‘Quantifiable Added Value’

“BMT SMARTSERVICES will clearly and transparently demonstrate any in-service performance changes when International Paint’s hull coatings have been used,” said Han Wensink, Managing Director of BMT ARGOSS.

“Equipped with a user-friendly Web based interface and drawing on BMT’s 24/7 access to high-quality metocean data, the new system can play a major role in improving operational efficiency of the global shipping fleet.”

Added Paul Robbins, Worldwide Marine Marketing Director at International Paint:  “We are confident that our high-performance biocidal antifoulings and foul-release coatings when used in conjunction with BMT SMARTSERVICES will deliver quantifiable added value for ship owner and operators.”

BMT’s system “can accurately determine total performance levels by recording over 30,000 readings per day, providing complete transparency and evidence to owners and operators of the performance improvements our advanced hull coatings technology can deliver,” said Robbins.

The BMT system can be installed at newbuilding or as a retrofit.

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Tagged categories: Antifoulants; Coating performance; Foul release; International Paint; Marine; Marine Coatings

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