KSS Line Gives Nippon Paint Marine its First Korean Reference for New FASTAR Antifouling

KSS Line has applied Nippon Paint Marine’s FASTAR® coating to the hulls of a pair of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) carriers, becoming the first South Korean shipowner to apply the novel nano-type antifouling paint to existing tonnage.

The gas and chemical carrier operator applied a FASTAR I system to the 78,000m3 capacity VLGC Gas Power during a scheduled drydocking in February at Sembcorp Marine’s 87ha Admiralty shipyard in Singapore’s Sembawang district.

이번 적용은 2021년 12월 대한민국 광양만 여수해양조선소에서 적용된 KSS 라인의 84,000m3 용량 Gas Star에 대한 코팅 성공에 이은 것이다.

In both cases, FASTAR I replaced Nippon Paint Marine’s popular A-LF-Sea® 150 product on the vessels’ flat bottom and vertical sides, representing the first commercial reference for the new coating not only on a Korean-owned ship but also a LPG carrier.

서영준 KSS해양본부장은 “원래 이 선박에 A-LF-Sea 도료를 지정했지만 FASTAR의 짧은 양생시간과 연료절감 성능에 대해 듣자마자 도료 사양을 변경하기로 결정했다”고 말했다. 예정된 드라이도킹. 건조 시간은 예상보다 빨랐습니다. 이는 성공적인 드라이도킹의 중요한 요소였습니다. Gas Star를 적용한 후 에너지 효율이 개선된 것을 확인하고 Gas Power에 코팅을 적용하기로 결정했습니다.”

With a 20% to 30% increase in drydockings worldwide over the past twelve months, largely due to shipowners installing systems capable of meeting new environmental regulations, the coatings company says FASTAR can support shipowners’ sustainability goals.

Ryan J. K. Kim, Nippon Paint Marine’s General Manager – South Korea, said: “KSS Line’s decision to move from our established A-LF-Sea range is indicative of the fuel saving quality of this low-polishing high-performing antifouling system. With FASTAR, shipowners are benefitting from a tomorrow technology today.”

FASTAR is a two-coat, self-polishing copolymer antifouling paint that uses hydrophilic and hydrophobic nano-sized silyl acrylate components to precisely control the release of biocides – the active agents that target marine biofouling.

“This new approach delivers the ultimate in fouling protection,” said Kim. “Since the release of active biocide ions are more precisely controlled with FASTAR, shipowners benefit from consistent 60-month antifouling performance from reduced coating volume [film thickness]. The hull is cleaner for longer, which means reduced drag, less fuel and fewer emissions.”

Nippon Paint Marine expects more vessels in KSS Line’s 31 strong fleet to adopt a FASTAR system at scheduled drydockings later this year.

Excluding these new applications, the marine coatings pioneer has to date supplied antifouling systems to the petrochemical carriers Duke Chemist, E Chemist, Falcon Chemist, and the gas carriers Gas Quantum, Gas Utopia and Gas Venus.

Nippon Paint Marine will be showcasing its FASTAR range during the Posidonia trade show, which takes place in Athens at the Metropolitan Expo between the 6th and 10th of June. Nippon Paint Marine (Europe) representatives will be available at Booth 2.118 to explain the wider benefits of the nano- coating technology.

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