Jotun Signs Contract for Hull-Cleaning Tech
Marine and protective coatings company Jotun recently announced that it has signed a contract with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA—the first commercial contract for its Jotun Hull Skating Solutions technology.
As part of the contract, MSC will install the Jotun HullSkater, which Jotun touts as the “first robotic technology that has been designed for proactive cleaning,” as well as the SeaQuantum Skate antifouling, on the 14,000 TEU MSC EVA.
HSS will be installed at GWD Guangzhou Shipyard in China later in 2020, at the same time as it undergoes class renewal and scrubber installation, according to the companies.
“MSC is not only a market leader, but it is also leading the way in terms of exploring innovative new solutions to meet the IMO’s goals of decarbonizing shipping,” said Alberto Genovesi – Marine Global Key Account Manager, Performance Coatings, Jotun. “We have worked with them as a partner to provide premium anti-fouling coatings to their advanced fleet over many years and knew that HSS would chime with their ambitions to deliver both improved environmental performance and enhanced efficiency and cost control for business stakeholders. HSS is a clear win-win in that respect.”
The technology will then aim to proactively work to ensure an “always clean” vessel hull, with no biofouling, optimal efficiency, reduced fuel costs and lower CO2 emissions.
The HSS tech was unveiled by Jotun in March and was designed to aid shipowners facing severe biofouling challenges.
“Clean hulls are only one piece of the jigsaw when it comes to delivering a more sustainable shipping industry, but a central piece nonetheless,” said Giuseppe Gargiulo, Head of Newbuildings, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. “MSC is committed to exploring and trialing new scalable solutions to minimize overall environmental impact, for both our business and the shipping industry as a whole.”