AkzoNobel Appoints Global HullCare Manager

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2022

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently announced that it has appointed Colin Mercer as its first-ever Global HullCare Manager to support the marine industry in reducing its environmental impact and reaching carbon neutrality.

According to the emailed press release, Mercer has delivered sustainability goals across multiple AkzoNobel business unites in his 23-year history with the company. Most recently, since 2018, he has held the role of Marine Business Manager in the MEA.

“I am absolutely delighted to take on this hugely important role within the AkzoNobel Marine Coatings team at a time of such significant change within the industry,” said Mercer. “As a business, we are committed to being at the absolute forefront of developing the products and solutions that enable our owner partners to reach their sustainability and performance goals. 

“The majority of my career within AkzoNobel has been spent within the marine segment, which has provided me with an extensive understanding of our customers’ requirements. As the industry faces an ever more stringent regulatory environment our ambition is to provide our owner partners with stand-out, end-to-end support.”

In his new role, the company reports he will build a management program for owner partners that allows them to manage the performance of their vessels, while helping them to ensure they remain compliant with any impending legislation around EEDI, EEXI and CII.

Mercer’s appointment comes after the launch of AkzoNobel’s Intertrac Hullcare program last year.

“With Intertrac HullCare we have developed an unrivalled hull management system that supports our clients in reducing greenhouse gasses alongside the prevention of transfer of invasive species,” added Mercer. “It is achieved through a combination of high-performance hull coating technology, cutting-edge ROV drones and big data performance monitoring, together with proven hull cleaning techniques - allowing for AkzoNobel to make accurate hull performance decisions with our customers.

“It allows us to pull together the immensely experienced industry experts at AkzoNobel to deliver a world-class program, eliminating stress and sleepless nights for owners when looking at hull performance.”

Additionally, AkzoNobel notes that one of his top priorities will be a focus on innovation.

“Our focus going forward will be on developing the most innovative sustainable marine industry services in the marketplace,” Mercer said. “The technology in coatings that AkzoNobel manufactures today with world-leading biocide-free systems and anticorrosives will allow for much longer in-service periods between dry dockings - and with HullCare these can be extended further than ever before.

“These innovations will drive down the paint volumes required in operating a vessel over a 10-year period. Ultimately this means that the main opportunity we have is to really reduce the environmental impacts we have on the planet, through lowering VOC use due to lower paint consumptions, zero biocides leaching in our oceans, industry-leading speed loss guarantees resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions and being a driving force in setting industry standards.

“Having dedicated the past two decades to delivering AkzoNobel sustainability goals through multiple business units I am eager to help deliver greater performance and sustainability returns for our customers by providing them direct and bespoke advice for their hull care requirements.” 

About Intertrac HullCare

AkzoNobel announced the launch of its new environmentally sustainable hull management package in October. The Intertrac Hullcare provides ship owners and operators with fuel and emission savings through its ability to combine remote inspection, advanced cleaning technologies and data monitoring that already sets new standards for operational efficiencies.

The company further notes that customers who choose the option of a ten-year scheme could achieve step-change reductions in CO2 emissions of up to 34,000 tons and fuel savings of €4.6million (about $5.3 million).

“Tackling the environmental impact of the shipping industry, and in particular hull performance, is an abiding priority we share with fleet operators and shipyards worldwide,” explained Jean-Michel Gauthier, Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine and Protective Coatings business, at the time.

“Intertrac HullCare exemplifies how we’re actively collaborating with our customers to provide new solutions which further their operational efficiencies, financial performance and sustainability ambitions.”

By combining hull cleaning technology and techniques with remote operating vehicle inspection and big data monitoring, Intertrac HullCare can boost operational performance metrics and extend service lifetimes beyond any currently available solutions, the company says.

As part of the package, all cleaning is aligned to the BIMCO industry standard for hull cleaning currently under development from the IMO.

“With Intertrac HullCare, we can offer the experience, technology and data to maximize a fleet’s operational efficiency and drive the carbon neutral journey of our customers with uncompromising performance,” added John Willsher, Global Account Manager for AkzoNobel’s Marine business.

“The data suite, operational cycle, value adding guidance and flexible docking intervals all ensure customers can take unprecedented control of their vessel’s hull management and make informed decisions, with confidence.” 

In addition, the company says that reclamation as standard means AkzoNobel is going further to help mitigate the translocation of invasive species when compared with alternative cleaning methods.


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