AkzoNobel Marine Coatings Releases Carbon Calculator
Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel recently unveiled its new service to help support the decarbonization of the marine industry. The Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) calculator determines the overall efficiency of a vessel and predicts its carbon output, how it will be classified under the new IMO regulations and what shipowners can do to improve their rating.
According to the emailed release, global shipping currently equates to 2.5% of all CO2 emissions. Per the IMO's carbon intensity rules, the industry needs to reduce its total emissions by 50% by the end of 2050. AkzoNobel reports that coatings have an important role to play in helping fleets become more efficient, as increased drag from biofouling on the underwater hull of a vessel is one of the biggest impacts on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The CII calculator works by using AkzoNobel’s Intertrac Vision tool, which uses the collective big data analysis from multiple points regarding vessel performance over a number of years and the results it shows are calculations of what reductions are necessary for carbon output for a ship to improve its rating.
The company says the tool has already gained positive feedback from customers for predicting the impact of coating choice on CII rating over the docking cycle and ensuring that it will be in compliance with the legislation that will start in January 2023. It has also been independently verified.
Additionally, the calculator can be used in conjunction with its Intertrac HullCare package, which can further reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption when the vessel is in service. Over 560 vessels have reportedly been coated with the product since launch. AkzoNobel adds that a number of customers have recoated their vessels with Intercept 8500 LPP after successful in-service performance for up to 60 months.
Intercept 8500 LPP is a self-polishing Silyl Methacrylate, co-polymer antifouling coating. The biocide package offers a clean hull but also comes with a guaranteed speed loss of 1.5% over the docking cycle.
“AkzoNobel’s marine solutions innovators and scientists are committed to being the driving force behind moving the industry into a more sustainable future, ensuring ship owners meet and exceed targets in carbon reduction,” the company wrote.
“Fleet and ship owners that are looking to track and improve their carbon output can book an appointment with AkzoNobel’s expert team to discuss the CII and HullCare in more detail.”
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 noted 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).
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 said.
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, at the time.
“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 said that reclamation as standard meant AkzoNobel would go further to help mitigate the translocation of invasive species when compared with alternative cleaning methods.
In March, AkzoNobel 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.
In his new role, the company reported he would be building 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.
“Our focus going forward will be on developing the most innovative sustainable marine industry services in the marketplace,” Mercer said at the time. “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.”