AkzoNobel Seals Two-year Intersleek Supply Deal with Nakilat
AkzoNobel has secured a two-year deal to continue supplying its Intersleek 1100SR foul release coating to Qatari shipping and maritime giant Nakilat (Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd). The new agreement means that by the end of 2018, more than 640,000 liters of Intersleek 1100SR will have been applied to 108 of Nakilat’s LNG vessels across the globe, according to the company.
“We are very proud to have signed this new deal, which strengthens our well-established relationship with such a valuable customer,” said Oscar Wezenbeek, director of AkzoNobel’s Marine, Protective and Yacht Coatings business. “It highlights our commitment to better serving our customers and underlines the fact that that ship owners and operators continue to realize the benefits of investing in sustainable hull coatings including reduction of cost and higher efficiency.”
When fouling organisms settle on the underwater hull, they have an adverse impact on a vessel’s fuel consumption; and the company says that Intersleek 1100SR can put a stop to that. In total, there have been more than 1,400 applications of Intersleek 1100SR to date. The landmark of 1,000 applications was achieved in 2017 with the Al Gattara LNG tanker, operated by Nakilat.