Coatings Tool Adds Cruise Ship Data
Global paints and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has announced the addition of a new data source to its recently launched data analysis tool, Intertrac Vision.
Originally launched in October by the company’s Marine Coatings division, International, Intertrac Vision is said to accurately predict the potential fuel and CO2 savings offered by fouling control coatings prior to application.
The new version, announced Friday (March 11), brings an increased level of transparency and choice to the cruise sector, the company said. This new data source will allow its consultants to help customers select the most effective and appropriate coatings solution for each vessel within a fleet, it added.
Expanding the Application
During the October launch of the original version, the company promoted that it incorporated ship powering requirements of more than 85 percent of the world’s deep-sea fleet market, including bulkers, tankers, and container ships, according to the company.
The new inclusion of cruise vessels demonstrates the company’s intent to have the product evolve and remain current and relevant to the latest market dynamics and customer needs, said Michael Hindmarsh, project lead for Intertrac Vision. The scalable design and adaptability of the technology enables this expansion.
“Hull coatings play a key role in the profitability and sustainability of [cruise vessels] due to the fuel and CO2 savings that can be delivered,” Hindmarsh said.
“Through Intertrac Vision, we can provide cruise vessel owners with tangible proof of the ROI from the comparison of fouling control coatings prior to application. In doing so, we can support the long term profitability and sustainability of the cruise industry,” he explained.
He added that the company expects to add LNG vessels to the technology shortly.
As previously reported, the tool was designed to analyze 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 said.
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.
Key outputs, per the company, include: ships powering requirement, fuel oil consumption, fuel oil cost, CO2 emission predictions and a full cost benefit analysis when comparing different coatings and surface preparation options.
It was developed over the course of four years. 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.
More information: http://www.international-marine.com/intertracvision.