HHI and Jotun sign MoU on emission cutting paint primer

HHI and Jotun sign MoU on emission cutting paint primer
From left to right: chairman of Jotun Odd Gleditch and CEO of Hyundai Heavy Idustries Ka Sam-Hyun. In the middle minister Sung Yun Mo. Image courtesy of Emanuele Lombardo

Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with paint manufacturer Jotun for the use of a new solvent-free primer that claims to reduce emissions by up to 90 per cent.

The corrosion-protective primer has been in development for 13 years and reduces solvent (VOC) emissions into the air from approximately 250 grams per litre to nine grams per litre. The technology is expected to help shipyards save hundreds of millions of dollars by avoiding investments in plants related to the combustion of VOCs, which also lead to CO2 emissions.

According to Jotun, primers make up 60-70 percent of the total amount of paint applied to a ship.

“We have conducted research in Korea and in Norway while developing this paint, and after 13 years can conclude that we have succeeded in developing a product that reduces solvent emissions by over 90 per cent,” stated Erik Risberg, one of the scientists behind the new paint.

“In addition, the product has better corrosion protection than previous systems, which helps extend the life of the vessels and reduces the need for maintenance. This is also very attractive for shipowners,” Mr Risberg added.

“The partnership with Jotun will allow HHI, the world’s largest shipbuilder, to be better equipped to meet the new environmental requirements that are aimed at reducing solvent emissions, ” said HHI’s chief executive Ka Sam-Hyun.

“We are, of course, very pleased with the agreement with the world’s largest shipyard, but even more satisfied that our innovation is contributing to a better environment,” commented Morten Fon, CEO Jotun.

The signing took place between Jotun’s chairman Odd Gleditch (Jr). and Ka Sam-Hyun during the South Korean president’s state visit to Norway in June. South Korea’s minister of industry Yunmo Song attended the signing ceremony.

The new product is currently available for Korean shipyards and selected shipbuilders in Europe who have experience applying single-coat primers that require careful application techniques.