Extensive research by Jotun Marine Coatings has proved that substantial fuel savings are possible using properly applied sophisticated paint systems. The initial cost of such systems may be higher than normal but it is claimed that benefits produced outweigh the expense. Some specific in-service results for large tankers and bulkers are quoted. The message from Jotun is quite clear. Invest in pretreatment and sophisticated antifoulings and make a considerable contribution towards increasing the profitability of ships' operations. If expenses for hull treatment are kept as low as possible, both money and energy resources are wasted. The world fleet's consumption of fuel oil is estimated at 150-200 million tonnes each year, which at today's prices is an incredible U.S. $25-35 billion. Increased roughness of underwater hulls is said to account for 10-15 per cent of this figure. The Norwegian fleet alone annually consumes some 10 million tonnes of fuel oil, and a saving of 10-15 per cent here would account for some U.S. $160-240 million.

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    IPC Industrial Press Limited

    Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Sutton, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1981-1

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  • Accession Number: 00330050
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM