The ‘Hyundai Ambition’, one of Danaos’ containerships to benefit from Nippon Paint Marine’s antifouling system Photo: Nippon Paint Marine
Nippon Paint Marine has completed the recoating of seven Danaos-managed containerships, with the last two vessels in the series leaving drydock in June.
Five of the seven vessels were applied with Nippon’s proven A-LF Sea antifouling system during scheduled drydockings at Zhoushan Changhong Shipyard in China. Each hull was fully blasted prior to application to a 60-month drydocking interval.
“Danaos, which manages one of the world’s largest fleet of modern containerships, is a company dedicated to innovation, safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility,” said Theodosis Dimopoulos, general manager of Nippon Paint Marine (Europe). “This commitment to energy and environmental efficiency is manifest in the decision to use our hull coatings.”
The Germany-based coatings specialist, the maritime division of Japan’s Nippon Paint, has an extensive track record with Danaos, having applied its A-LF Sea antifouling system to almost half the shipmanager’s 60-vessel fleet.
A-LF Sea is based on patented copper silyl acrylate copolymer technology with a high volume of solids to provide excellent antifouling performance over long periods. It is proven to deliver measurable hull friction reduction of up to 10% and has been applied to more than 3,000 ships to date.
In addition to A-LF Sea, Danaos operates vessels with Nippon’s low friction antifouling Ecoloflex SPC 150 HyB coating. The company is also considering Nippon Paint Marine’s new Aquaterras coating as a way of further reducing the impact of operations on the marine environment.