What is Selektope®?
Selektope® is a unique biocide which, through biotechnology is creating the possibility of more sustainable and efficient marine paint systems.
Its powerful, repellent effect on barnacles keeps the ship’s hull clean — which reduces frictional resistance between the ship hull and water, leading to less fuel consumption and emissions to air and sea.
Fouling is a pressing environmental and financial problem.
Prevention rather than cure is I-Tech’s approach to tackling the global issue.
Only with a barnacle free hull can global emission targets be met.
By using the Selektope® biotechnology as an ingredient in the antifouling mix, operators and owners can eradicate hard fouling, ensuring continually clean hulls, optimal business and environmental performance.
Selektope has provided power to antifouling coatings used on over 1000 vessels.
Did you know that, when a hull is covered by 10% barnacle fouling, 36% extra power from the engine is required to maintain the same speed through water.
Prevention against biofouling is vital as vessels idle and sea temperatures rise
The power of Selektope® keeps tanker barnacle free during 63 months of trading on global routes.
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Available antifouling coatings containing Selektope® has been used on more than 1000 vessels.
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A sustainable solution
There are many potential solutions to save energy and reduce the shipping industry´s environmental impact.
Optimal hull performance can save up to 25% for an entire shipping fleet. Selektope® plays an important part in releasing this potential.
Optimised propulsion (engine and propeller control ) has a saving potential of up to 10%.
Route and autopilot optimisations have a saving potential of up to 15%.
A propeller free from marine fouling with an optimal design can deliver savings of up to 8%.
THE SAVING POTENTIAL IS SIGNIFICANT - BUT ONLY IF THE HULL IS FREE FROM HARD FOULING
I-Tech, the company behind Selektope®
I-Tech AB is a public held bio-technology company based in Mölndal, Sweden that owns all IP and regulatory rights to the antifouling agent Selektope® (generic name, medetomidine).
Since 2006, I-Tech has successfully transformed the scientific invention of Selektope® into a commercially ready and available antifouling agent.