U-Ming, SWS and Jotun have signed commercial agreement for Jotun’s Hull Skating Solutions (HSS) to be used onboard U-Ming’s dual fuel bulk carrier.
Jotun’s HSS combines the Hull Skater, an underwater robotic device with hull inspection and cleaning capabilities, and SeaQuantum Skate, a purpose developed antifouling coating. The solution will be fitted on one of U-Ming’s four LNG dual- fuel Tier III 190,000 dwt bulk carriers to be built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) to support the long term charter with mining giant Anglo American.
“U-Ming is committed to be the front runner of sustainable marine transport services and our customers’ first choice in dry bulk shipping. As part of our decarbonisation strategy, we have been involved in many initiatives driving meaningful changes to reduce emissions. The recent IMO requirements on EEXI and CII is an opportunity to differentiate ourselves by offering our customers highly efficient vessels with significantly reduced operating fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Collaboration with stakeholders is the key to accelerate maritime decarbonisation and the Hull Skating Solutions offered by Jotun certainly supports and enhances our green ambitions.” said Mr. C.K. Ong, president of U-Ming.
“I am very happy with the positive response from U-Ming and SWS to adopt Jotun’s HSS at the newbuilding stage. They are shaping the future of a sustainable shipping industry”, said Mr Morten Sten Johansen, regional marine director, North East Asia for Jotun. “With HSS we can deliver the promise of an “always clean hull” from day one, helping our customers to maximise the benefits of lower fuel costs, full flexibility in operations and effective biofouling management. Bulk carriers have sailing patterns that are highly dependent on market forces. Shifts in global commodity markets can change the expected idling time, geographical routes and port calls, exposing the vessel to high risks of biofouling that coatings alone may not be sufficient to address. On top of the advanced robotics, Jotun’s HSS also includes proactive condition monitoring – using vessel data, oceanographic assessments and predictive algorithms to adapt the system on the fly”, Johansen said.