Saving fuel. Easy to say. Not so easy in practice.
To minimise fuel consumption on ships with antifouling paint, it requires a deep understanding on the marine environment. To keep ships clean and save fuel; an effective, long lasting, predictable antifouling that works for the entirely of the ship's service life is essential.
Once the ship's protection from marine growth is assured, the paint maker needs then to fine tune the coating surface, to provide a hydro dynamically effective boundary layer. The coefficient of friction between the ship and the sea needs to be minimised. Nippon Paint Marine is the experts, first to recognise and develop true low-friction antifouling paints using hydrogel in 2007. The technology has been proven on thousands of ships.
Precise and reliable self-polishing antifouling that works in all marine ecosystems and keeps working up to 90 months.
Hydrogel was first used by Nippon Paint Marine in our antifouling LF-Sea in 2007. Its affinity with seawater creates a true water-trap layer on the hull that essentially lowers the friction between the ship and the sea when the ship is underway.
Having a low surface roughness is vital to initial low-friction performance. All Nippon Paint Marine’s underwater antifoulings are SPC’s (self-polishing coplymers) and this ensures that that initial low hull roughness is maintained over time.
Nippon Paint Marine is the expert. Our groundbreaking technology enabled shipowners to lower their ships’ environment impact by reducing their frictional resistance leading to lower fuel consumption.