Jotun Launches Hull Optimization Program
Marine and protective coatings company Jotun recently introduced a new proactive hull optimization program following an extensive development process.
Created to enable ship operators to improve hull efficiency, lower costs and improve environmental performance, HullKeeper reportedly combines Jotun’s extensive digital capabilities, ROV inspections and trusted analytical and technical expertise to also help operators keep fuel, inspection and cleaning costs under control.
Jotun’s extensive digital capabilities, ROV inspections and trusted analytical and technical expertise to help operators keep fuel, inspection and cleaning costs under control,” said Stein Kjølberg, Jotun’s Global Category Director Hull Performance. “HullKeeper extends the range of our services, helping operators make well-informed and proactive decisions to improve hull efficiency as they push for optimal performance, efficiency and regulatory compliance.”
According to the company, the four-part organization program was designed by Jotun’s team of hull performance experts to optimize hull performance, regardless of its coating system. Ship operators can take full control of their operations through hull monitoring, fouling risk alerts, inspections and advisory services.
In addition, operators can benefit from the complete package or select only the parts that work for them.
The program is grounded in Jotun’s proprietary fouling risk algorithm, supported by data from different sources to make fouling control and efficiency more predictable. By providing insight into issues before they occur, ship operators can take planned corrective actions. And as more data and information accumulate, best practices can be identified and implemented across the whole fleet.
“HullKeeper is a market differentiator in the sense that it offers unique support that both adds value and meets the needs of customers,” said Jotun’s Global Digital & Data Director, Andreas Krapp, PhD. “Ship operators that use HullKeeper will be able to identify potential problems long before fouling impacts vessel speed, allowing them to make better decisions, faster.”
Krapp further explained that increased fuel consumption related to biofouling accounts for roughly 9% of the 919 million tons of CO2 and 21 million tons of other greenhouse gases emitted by shipping annually. While he acknowledged that it is unlikely that the industry will reach the full potential reduction of 85 million tons of GHGs, HullKeeper represents a genuine opportunity to help the industry make significant emissions reductions.
“In addition to offering ship operators a cost-effective program that can reduce GHG emissions, HullKeeper helps them save on bunkering costs,” he says. “In this way, HullKeeper incentivizes improved environmental performance.”