In the four years since its coating with Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) system, COSCO Europe has reached new heights of efficiency, cost control and environmental performance. Figures released by Jotun show that the 2008-built, 10,062 TEU container ship has sliced fuel costs by $4.5million and reduced CO2 emissions by some 29,500 tonnes (against market average figures), giving it market leading hull performance.
HPS combines Jotun’s advanced SeaQuantum X200 antifouling, enhanced technical service, performance analysis according to ISO 19030 and a high performance guarantee. The coating limits the growth of organisms on the hull – minimizing frictional resistance - while the analysis and guarantee ensure measurability and accountability. This combination provides a comprehensive insight into both return on investment (ROI) and on-going environmental efficiency.
Ong notes that the ship, which received the HPS treatment at Zhou Shan COSCO Shipyard in October 2012, has so far recorded a speed loss of just 0.76% (measured to ISO 19030). This compares to a market average of 5.9% for vessels treated with standard antifouling solutions.
COSCO SHIPPING Lines is expected to announce further vessel agreements with Jotun in the coming months.