Jotun Announces Agreement with Shipbuilder
Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) announced earlier this month signing an agreement with Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, to develop a type of marine paint that focuses on reducing solvent emissions.
The signing occurred during the South Korean President's state visit to Norway earlier this month. Both Jotun chairman Odd Gleditch Jr. and HHI's Chief Executive Ka Sam-Hyun were there for the event.
According to Jotun, the company specializes in working on environmentally friendly coatings. Of the paint applied to a vessel, primers can account for 60-70%.
The primer, which will provide corrosion protection and has been in development for 13 years, will cut down on solvent release by 80-90%. Solvent emissions released into the air will also be cut down from 250 grams per liter to nine grams per liter.
"We have conducted research in Korea and in Norway while developing this paint, and after 13 years can conclude that we have succeeded in developing a product that reduces solvent emissions by over 90%," said scientist Erik Risberg, one of the researchers responsible for the paint.
“In addition, the product has better corrosion protection than previous systems, which helps extend the life of the vessels and reduces the need for maintenance. This is also very attractive for shipowners.”
Jotun’s paint is currently available for Korean shipyards and select shipbuilders located in Europe.
"The partnership with Jotun will allow HHI, the world's largest shipbuilder, to be better equipped to meet the new environmental requirements that are aimed at reducing solvent emissions, " said Sam-Hyun.