Ocean Pod: Can marine coatings offer ecological and economical benefits?

Shipowners and operators want their vessels to operate faster, cheaper and greener to meet rising competition and new environmental regulations.

“There is no silver bullet to solve all the challenges but the use of proven quality marine coatings and monitoring systems is one area operators - and the industry – can achieve significant impact,” argues Jotun’s global concept director, Stein Kjølberg, in the Ocean Pod session organised by Dagens Næringsliv, the leading business daily in Norway.

With global trade on the rise, Kjølberg foresees fuel consumption - and comparable carbon dioxide emissions – in the shipping industry increasing in the years ahead. “Fuel costs are a significant variable in the operational budget so any measure that saves fuel meets both ecological and economic drivers.”

Listen to the Ocean Pod episode ‘How to operate ships faster, cheaper and greener’.

Expert panel at Nor-Shipping 2019

How can industry meet the biofouling challenge?

Experts at Nor-Shipping agree there is no quick fix to solving the biofouling issue. Antifouling coatings, cleaning technology and performance monitoring can all help to prevent fouling but there’s also a need for regulations and financial incentives to encourage more investment by operators.

Delegates at annual Hull Performance & Insight Conference, organised by Jotun and DNV GL

Growing industry interest in vessel performance

Market pressures and environmental performance regulations are on the rise, leading to increasing interest in performance systems as shipowners and operators work to achieve greater efficiencies.

Container ship at sea

Performance monitoring critical to optimising vessel performance – and saving money

The shipping industry is transforming. To meet the new regulatory requirements and market needs, ship owners and operators need to enhance their capability to offer innovative, relevant and efficient services. Technical and operational measures can improve performance, but it is vital that performance monitoring systems are used to measure their effect.