2013 Maritime Innovation Award
Presented by the Institution, in association with QinetiQ, the 2013 Maritime Innovation Award recognises the innovative work of International Paint Ltd.
International Paint launched this product in February 2013. It is the shipping industry’s first patented biocide-free, fluoropolymer technology that tackles ‘slime’. Slime is a complex, varied and dynamic community of organisms, which begin to colonise submerged surfaces in minutes, invisible to the naked eye. Slime has the potential to start increasing hull resistance immediately and has long been a problem for ship owners and operators.
However, to put this problem into perspective, it has been estimated that at today’s bunker prices, the effects of slime cause shipping to burn an extra 44 million tonnes of bunker fuel each year, at a cost to the industry of some $28.6 billion - and a cost to the environment of an additional 134 million tonnes of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.
Designed for all vessels, even when slow or ultra-slow steaming, this slime release technology delivers outstanding fouling control with good static resistance even in warm waters. Any slime built up during static periods is released by the movement of the vessel.
The technology is the culmination of a three year fundamental research programme involving a team of marine biologists, hydrodynamicists and polymer scientists, supported by world renowned independent academic institutes. It has been the subject of four years of laboratory testing and the analysis of vessel performance data from some of the world’s leading ship owners and operators.
Intersleek®1100SR is a highly successful example of the innovative research and development that the RINAQinetiQ Maritime Innovation Award is intended to recognise and applaud.
Kevin Richardson, Technical Manager of International Paint received the Award from Sarah Kenny, Managing Director of QinetiQ Maritime, at the 2014 Annual Dinner.