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Cruise ship support added to Intertrac Vision

AkzoNobel has added support for cruise vessels to Intertrac Vision, its ‘Big Data’ tool that provides predictions on the fuel and CO2 savings potential of fouling control coatings, prior to application.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Intertrac Vision is a free digital consultancy service for ship owners developed by AkzoNobel over a four-year period in partnership with academic and commercial research institutes, including the University College London Energy Institute, MARIN, Newcastle University and in consultation with more than 30 ship owners and operators worldwide.

The first version of Intertrac Vision was launched in October 2015 for bulkers, tankers and container ships, now joined by cruise vessels with this latest update.

“Hull coatings play a key role in the profitability and sustainability of these vessels due to the fuel and CO2 savings that can be delivered. Through Intertrac Vision, we can provide cruise vessel owners with tangible proof of the ROI from the comparison of fouling control coatings prior to application,” said Michael Hindmarsh, project lead for Intertrac Vision.

“In doing so, we can support the long term profitability and sustainability of the cruise industry. Furthermore, as part of the continued evolution of Intertac Vision, we expect to add LNG vessels to the technology shortly.”

Intertrac Vision examines total hull roughness (micro and macro) and ‘roughness’ associated with biofouling, and uses studies carried out by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) on different hull forms in order to make predictions on the impact of fouling control coatings on the comparative powering requirements of a vessel. Collectively, it comprises hundreds of thousands of datasets.

Individual vessel parameters are inputted during consultation before proprietary algorithms and models create an assessment of the impact of each potential fouling control coating choice over the ship’s specified in-service period.{/mprestriction}

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