Data Predicts Coatings Performance


Global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel has launched what it calls the “first ever digital tool” for the shipping industry, it said in an announcement Thursday (Oct. 15).

Intertrac Vision, launched by AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings division, International, is said to accurately predict the potential fuel and CO2 savings offered by fouling control coatings.

"Hull coatings play a key role in a vessel's profitability,” Michael Hindmarsh, project lead for Intertrac Vision, said in the company’s statement, “so having an accurate understanding of the return on investment is an essential part of the decision-making process.

"By offering this state-of-the-art tool, we can bring a new level of transparency and choice to the industry, working with customers to ensure that the most appropriate coatings solution is selected for each vessel within a fleet."

How It Works

Drawing on more than 3.5 billion data points, Intertrac Vision is the first "big data" solution to accurately predict the performance of a coatings technology—before it has been applied, AkzoNobel said.

The tool analyzes factors such as hull roughness, the “roughness” associated with biofouling, and computational fluid dynamic studies carried out on different hull types.

Predictions can be purpose-fit by type of vessel, trading route, speed and activity, the company’s site says.

The vessel-specific information is then processed using proprietary algorithms to provide an accurate assessment of the impact of each potential fouling control coating choice, including a full cost-benefit analysis.

Features include:

  • Transparency and choice for product selection;
  • All fouling control technologies and application scenarios covered;
  • Individual vessel parameters and detailed explanations throughout;
  • In-built schemes and scheme cost calculator;
  • Return on investment calculation per year; and
  • Carbon credits calculation option.

Drawing on more than 3.5 billion data points, Intertrac Vision is the first "big data" solution to accurately predict the performance of a coatings technology—before application, AkzoNobel said.

By offering all fouling control technologies, the tool becomes a “truly objective” resource for informing customers, according to Oscar Wezenbeek, managing director of AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business.

“The combination of a solid theoretical understanding and an ever-growing database of real vessel performance data enables us to predict comparative performance,” Wezenbeek said.

Robust Data, Informed Decisions

The science that Intertrac Vision was built on took more than four years to develop.

AkzoNobel scientists took the lead on development, collaborating with leading academic and commercial research institutes, including the University College London Energy Institute, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), Newcastle University and more than 30 ship owners and operators.

"We are aiming to bring the industry a step closer to a new era of robust, rigorous analysis which can help improve the rationality in hull coating selection," said Tristan Smith, lecturer at the University College London Energy Institute and one of the academic contributors to Intertrac Vision.

"This should enable ship owners to make more informed decisions, based on the key variables that influence the performance of fouling control coatings on their vessels," he added.


Tagged categories: Antifoulants; Asia Pacific; Biocides; Business matters; Business operations; Cost-savings; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Marine Coatings; North America; Program/Project Management

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