Marine coatings company, PPG, and classification society, DNV GL, have signed a collaboration agreement to improve hull and propeller performance through DNV GL’s hull analysis methodologies.
The IMO has said that one tenth of the world fleet’s fuel consumption is attributed to poor hull and propeller performance, costing owners an additional USD 30bn a year in fuel.
As part of the agreement, PPG will use DNV GL’s ECO Insight platform to gain information on the performance of vessels based on the degradation of their hulls and coatings.
“By applying DNV GL’s expertise in hull degradation and operational data analysis tools, PPG will be better able to transparently demonstrate the impact of their coating solutions,” says DNV GL Senior research engineer Jason Stefanatos.
He explains: “The ECO Insight platform provides information on the performance of voyage, vessel, hull, engine, fuel, weather, cargoes, among other variables. And because we have access to real-time vessel performance data from more than 1,900 vessels, we are confident that our collaboration with PPG can be used by owners and operators to optimise hull performance.”
“DNV GL and PPG have identified a market demand for methodologies that go beyond ISO 19030 and share a common vision to develop future requirements and solutions that enable optimum vessel performance”, added Tom Molenda, PPG’s global marine director. Our goal is to enhance hull efficiency for multiple operational profiles and optimise vessel performance”.