PPG SIGMAGLIDE® 990: Svitzer, Baltija Shipbuilding in Lithuania

Svitzer - Lithuania

Low-environmental impact, biocide-free silicone fouling release

The Customer

SVITZER, a member of the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group, is the global market leader within harbor, terminal towage and salvage, and has been at the forefront of specialized marine services for more than 175 years.

SVITZER operates a fleet of more than 500 vessels in around 100 ports, and at 30 terminals and offshore installations in around 40 countries around the world.

The Challenge

As a globally responsible organization, SVITZER is continuously striving to minimize its environmental footprint. To SVITZER, eco-efficiency is an aspiration to go beyond legislative compliance and at the same time achieve a competitive advantage. To reach that level, the company has been systematically identifying potential opportunities for a more efficient use of resources, thereby lowering total emissions and optimizing costs.

SVITZER’s latest initiative is setting a new environmental standard with the ECOtug®, that reduces fuel consumption by up to 10% compared to traditional tugs and emission of NOx up to 80%.

The Solution

SVITZER demands the highest possible standards and technologies when it comes to specifying underwater hull coatings for its fleet and, in particular, for the groundbreaking ECOtug.

The Customer

SVITZER


The Location

Baltija Shipbuilding in Lithuania


The Challenge

To minimize environmental impact of the ECOtug®.


The Solution

The PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 biocide-free fouling release, which does not release toxic substances into the water.


The Benefits

Minimizing environmental impact and a better fuel economy through reduced friction and resistance.


The Result

With 10 years' life expectancy of biocide-free fouling release, only high-pressure cleaning and minor repairs are required, reducing overall vessel operating costs.

Acting in accordance with its stringent corporate focus to apply the latest innovations in marine protective coatings and, after extensive research and evaluation, the company chose the PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 biocide-free fouling release from PPG Protective & Marine Coatings (PPG).

PPG is the only company with long and extensive experience in both premium silyl acrylate antifoulings and silicone-based fouling release coatings. This enables us to offer a bespoke solution for each customer.

Svitzer

The Benefits

The PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 third-generation, silicone fouling release coating is completely biocide-free. Its low environmental impact means that it can be applied onto the hull of a vessel trading in the most delicate ecological environments.

The superior performance of the PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 system is achieved through a combination of film-forming properties and a very low average hull roughness, which result in unprecedented fuel savings.

As the PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 coating is completely biocide- free it is unaffected by such legislation as the BPD (Biocidal Products Directive). It also meets all current environmental legislation and is tailored to comply with future environmental restrictions in order to accommodate all ship operators’ compliance programs.

Svitzer

Main Benefits:

  • Advanced biocide-free pure silicone finish – marine life friendly
  • Reduced GHG emissions – environmentally friendly
  • Highest volume solids in the market – reduced VOC emissions
  • Improved slime resistance
  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Reduced maintenance work at next routine dry docking
  • A long-lasting, easy to maintain anticorrosive and fouling release system
  • Efficient dry docking – reduced out-of-service time
  • Quicker return on investment

The Result

The PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 coating provides the optimal solution for the SVITZER ECOtugs and complements the company’s stance on achieving reduced environmental impact.

The added advantage is that the biocide-free fouling release coating provides better fuel economy as the silicone-based underwater paint provides a smoother surface resulting in reduced friction and resistance. Not only that, the low-maintenance PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 coating has a life expectancy of 10 years, with only high-pressure cleaning and minor repairs normally required in that time, thereby reducing overall vessel operating costs.

SVITZER now enjoys the same energy, operational and environmental costs savings that more than 300 vessels benefit from right now by using the innovative PPG SIGMAGLIDE 990 system.

Antifouling / fouling release

Antifouling / fouling release

In today’s market, there are so many antifouling products that choosing the right one can become a burden. At PPG, we looked at this issue from a customer’s point of view and decided to upgrade our antifouling product offer to provide both relevant products and simplicity of choice.

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