$3bln of fuel and 32mln tons of CO2 saved as AkzoNobel marks Intersleek’s 21st anniversary

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Ship owners and operators using the Intersleek range of biocide-free marine coatings supplied by AkzoNobel have achieved fuel savings worth a combined total of $3 billion* since the technology was first introduced 21 years ago.

More than 5,500 vessels have been coated with the company’s multi-award-winning Intersleek products – part of the International range of coatings – helping ship owners and operators to save 10 million tons of fuel and 32 million tons of CO2. The savings achieved over the last two decades are equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted when 15.5 billion kg of coal is burned, or during a 123 billion km car journey (a distance similar to 400 return trips from Earth to the sun).

“Intersleek has come a long way since we first discovered the foul release effect of silicone elastomers in the laboratory as part of our R&D process to create more sustainable technologies,” explained Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business.

“Since then, it has had a significant impact on the shipping industry and made a tangible difference for many ship owners, as well as playing a leading role in our ongoing commitment to making shipping more sustainable.”

Robert Wong, Marketing Director, Marine Coatings, and Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director, AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings Business, are pictured celebrating the milestone with staff.

*The milestones are based on the savings achieved by using Intersleek in comparison to each vessel’s previous hull coating system.