Wallenius Wilhelmsen has signed an agreement with Jotun that will see 42 of its ro-ro vessels equipped with Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) antifouling coating system.
HPS combines premium SeaQuantum X200 antifouling with technical and digital solutions to accurately measure hull performance. The antifouling works to increase vessel efficiency, cut fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions.
As well as improving hull efficiency, the antifouling helps prevent the transfer of species from their native to non-native environments, which can have severe ecological consequences.
“As a company we are focused on enhancing sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of our operations – maintaining clean hulls is a key enabler for that,” said Geir Fagerheim, SVP marine operations, Wallenius Wilhelmsen. “With HPS we can not only achieve this objective, but we also open a digital window onto how hull condition affects fleet-wide performance, efficiency and emissions, creating a culture of transparency and accountability.
“We believe this kind of partnership can be an important platform for building an increasingly sustainable shipping industry, helping inform better decision making and creating new solutions for the future. We are excited to get started on that journey with Jotun.”
Ulf Skovli, regional sales director, Jotun Marine Scandinavia, stated: “This is a major contract with a true global leader within this industry niche. Wallenius Wilhelmsen is a respected shipowner and operator that is known for its commitment to innovation, optimal operational standards and environmental care. “It’s therefore hugely gratifying that it has chosen Jotun as ‘solutions partner’ for the future, and very pleasing to see the team’s faith in the powerful benefits of the HPS offering.”
“Working together we will be able to optimise hull performance and help Wallenius Wilhelmsen fully comply with global regulations and targets, while meeting its own stringent environmental objectives. This is a high quality solution for a high quality shipping company. We see it as a great match and look forward to building a strong working relationship,” added Gunhild Tveitan, business development manager Scandinavia.