Norway-based Jotun has launched SeaLion Resilient, a high-performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology.
According to Jotun, SeaLion Resilient is the industry’s first antifouling coating that uses epoxy-polysiloxane, a compound of resins and hardeners that offers resilient hull protection.
The integration of Jotun’s fouling release coatings (FRC) technology and the epoxy-polysiloxane in SeaLion Resilient will prevent organisms from settling on the hull by producing a glossy and smooth surface, the company said.
The new marine coating, which Jotun said requires only two coats, has been optimised for owners and managers looking for improved maintenance and docking efficiency, while its properties help in minimising the risk of mechanical damage and maintaining hull condition across the service period.
Jotun product manager of antifouling Jorunn Saetnoe said the new product, which combines a glossy appearance with anti-abrasive qualities preventing most types of mechanical damage, will be recognised and used by many cruise ship owners.
"And for owners operating Caribbean cruises, where warm and shallow waters contribute to rapid fouling, SeaLion Resilient helps reduce costs related to underwater cleaning and cuts the risk of transferring of invasive species to highly regulated areas," Saetnoe said.
Image: SeaLion Resilient, when combined with Jotun’s fouling release coatings technology, is intended to prevent the settling of organisms on ship hulls. Photo: Jotun.