Jotun launches Selektope-containing paint products

Jotun launches Selektope-containing paint products
Selektope stimulates barnacle larvae’s receptors, preventing them from attaching to any ship’s surface.

Norwegian paint-manufacturer Jotun has commercialised two new marine paint products containing I-Tech’s antifouling active agent Selektope.

Selektope is an organic, metal-free antifouling active agent added to marine coatings to prevent barnacles from settling on the coated surface by temporarily activating their swimming behaviour with non-fatal effect. This unique antifouling active agent delivers high efficiency in low concentrations (approximately 0.1per cent per wet weight of paint = only a few grams per litre of paint).

Jotun will use Selektope in two antifouling products targeting customers within commercial shipping where increased protection against barnacle fouling is needed for idle ships during the outfitting period.  I-Tech and Jotun are yet to formalise an agreement that binds orders for the commercialisation. The company can not issue any statement regarding volumes and financial impact.

Jotun will use I-Tech’s antifouling active agent Selektope in the products SeaQuantum Pro Ace and SeaForce Active Ace. These are the first products launched by Jotun that contain Selektope.

Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech, commented: “Jotun’s choice to use Selektope is yet more evidence of our product’s prominent features and efficiency. I’m pleased to recognise that Jotun has introduced Selektope in two different product families bringing extreme performance for repelling barnacles from the hull and creating new opportunities for a range of different vessels at the new build phase and subsequent operations.”

Jotun is the third official customer to integrate Selektope as an ingredient into antifouling paints. Previous communication from I-Tech states that there is yet another major, but non-disclosed, manufacturer of marine paints working through the final development steps prior to product commercialisation.