Selektope®-powered antifouling range increases with new product launch

A brand-new antifouling product containing the unique bio-repellent ingredient Selektope® has been launched onto the global market.

The increasing diversification in the range of Selektope®-containing products available to ship owners suitable for different vessel requirements demonstrates the unrivalled versatility of the antifouling ingredient. It also demonstrates a growing commitment to the technology as demand from ship owners for antifouling coatings comprising Selektope® intensifies.

SEA GRANDPRIX 880HS PLUS is the third product Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) has launched that contains Selektope®. It joins CMP’s SEAFLO NEO CF Premium; and SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM products that were launched in August 2016.

The new antifouling coating is based on hydrolyzing technology and can be applied to deep sea-going vessels trading worldwide in service periods for up to 90 months. Uniquely, CMP guarantees extended static performance of up to 45 days, thanks to the barnacle-repellent boost enabled by Selektope® combatting barnacle settlement on the ship’s hull by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior.

The organic, non-metal compound is the only one of its kind in a marine antifouling application. It is characterized by high efficacy at extremely low concentrations (approx.0.1% w/w), ultra-low leaching and flexibility to boost copper-based paint formulations or replace copper completely. Due to the low concentration needed, Selektope® does not compromise the chemical structure, color or other cooperative biocides of a marine coating.

For the inventors of Selektope®, Gothenburg-based I-Tech AB, the increase in the number of products on the market that harness the power of Selektope® is an encouraging sign of the confidence held by paint manufacturers in the technology. This latest product launch is set to be the first of many in the near future from an array of manufacturers.

“As demand for Selektope® soars, the number of antifouling products that contain our unique bio-repellent ingredients is expanding. This ensures that ship owners and operators have a selection of products to choose from, and confirms the flexibility and compatibility of our product with a range of different antifouling ingredients,” says Philip Chaabane, CEO I-Tech AB.

Marine coating products containing Selektope® have been applied to over 150 vessels to date, including: tankers; containerships, and LNG carriers, in a series of newbuilding and over-coating projects. I-Tech reports orders for coatings including Selektope® in the first part of 2017 being double those achieved in 2016.

For more information on SEA GRANDPRIX 880HS PLUS, please visit: www.cmp.co.jp/global

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Stena RoRo selects Selektope® for extensive newbuild program

Stena RoRo selects Selektope® for extensive newbuild program

Stena has signed a contract to coat the hulls of four newbuild RoPax ferries with paint that incorporates the bio-repellent antifouling ingredient Selektope®

The agreement confirms yet more full vessel applications for Selektope® whose pharmacological mode of action combats barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior. To date, marine coating products containing Selektope® have been applied to over 150 vessels including; tankers, containerships and LNG carriers, in a series of newbuilding and over-coating projects.

The organic, non-metal compound is the only one of its kind in marine antifouling application. It is characterized by high efficacy at extremely low concentrations (0.1% w/w), ultra-low leaching and flexibility to boost copper-based paint formulations or to replace copper completely.

Tests have shown that anti-fouling paints containing Selektope® offer superior hard fouling protection, resulting in lower water resistance and decreased fuel consumption, in addition to lower maintenance costs. Selektope® repels barnacles even when ships are idle, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.

“We are honored that a pioneer of sustainability in commercial shipping such as Stena RoRo has chosen a Selektope®-containing hull coating product for its newbuild program. Their investment in a premium antifouling product that contains Selektope® will deliver strong antifouling performance with the additional benefit that their high-activity vessels will have the best protection from barnacle invasion.” says Philip Chaabane, CEO I-Tech AB.

The delivery of the newbuild Stena RoPax ferries is scheduled for 2019/2020. They will be built at the AVIC yard in Weihai, China.

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Selektope® shortlisted for GREEN4SEA Technology Award

Gothenburg-based I-Tech, the inventor and supplier of the pioneering anti-fouling agent Selektope®, has announced that the technology has been shortlisted for the 2017 GREEN4SEA Awards in the category recognizing technological achievement, breakthrough or significant contribution to the maritime environment.

Now in their second year, the GREEN4SEA awards have already won a place in the maritime calendar by basing their appreciation of environmental excellence and sustainable shipping on a public, online vote hosted on the GREEN4SEA website. This year’s winners will be announced during a welcome reception and award ceremony on the evening of April 4 2017, ahead of the GREEN4SEA Conference, in Athens.

“Last year was a breakthrough year for Selektope®, whose contribution to added performance in anti-fouling coatings gained increased recognition due to its ability to save costs through both reducing fuel and hull cleaning requirements, in addition to offering unrivalled static fouling prevention performance,” said Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech.

“Making the GREEN4SEA shortlist is an important acknowledgement that this unique, bio-repellent active agent that is fully approved for use in the EU and Asia has established a recognized position in the shipping market.”

Selektope® is an organic, non-metal compound whose pharmacological mode of action works to combat barnacle settlement by temporarily stimulating the swimming action in barnacle larvae, deterring them from attaching to a ship’s hull. It delivers powerful effect using only a few grams per liter of paint, optimizing hull performance while sharply reducing biocide loadings.

Tests have shown that anti-fouling products containing Selektope® offer superior hard fouling protection, resulting in lower water resistance and decreased fuel consumption, in addition to lower maintenance costs. Selektope® repels barnacles even when ships are idle, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.

Approved by Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European regulatory bodies progressively through 2014 and 2015, Selektope® has been used in a series of newbuilding and over-coating projects. The first branded marine coating products to feature Selektope® were launched by Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd. (CMP) in 2016. CMP’s new generation ‘SEAFLO NEO’ range of anti-fouling products make the Selektope® solution available as a high-performance product for mainstream operations, under two separate brands: SEAFLO NEO CF PREMIUM; and SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM.

“It is deeply satisfying that Selektope® has picked up in 2017 where it left off in 2016 by gaining recognition through the maritime industry’s excellence awards,” says Chaabane. “We are honored to join such a prestigious shortlist and look forward to the industry vote with considerable excitement.”

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Magnus Henell appointed as I-Tech AB CFO

Magnus Henell has been appointed CFO of I-Tech AB. Magnus holds an MSc in Economy and Finance from Karlstad University and School of Economics, Gothenburg. He has extensive CFO and CEO experience from various small and medium companies and vast experience of M&A work within the Volvo Group. Previously the CEO of PowerCell Sweden AB, Magnus successfully re-financed the company and listed it on First North at Nasdaq.

Selektope® shortlisted for Green Ship Technology of the Year award

Gothenburg-based I-Tech, inventor and supplier of the pioneering anti-fouling agent Selektope®, has announced that the technology has been shortlisted for the 2017 Green Ship Technology of the Year award.

The Green Ship Technology Awards are organized by KNectMaritime, an Informa company.

The judges for the awards this year are; Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO, Kate Adamson, CEO, Futurenautics, Per Winther Christiensen, Deputy Director, Danish Shipowners Association and Mark Cameron, Chief Operating Officer, Ardmore Shipping.

This year’s winners will be announced during a gala dinner in Copenhagen on the evening of March 23, 2017.

“Last year was a breakthrough year for Selektope®, whose contribution to added performance in anti-fouling coatings gained increased recognition due to its ability to save costs through both reducing fuel and hull cleaning requirements, in addition to offering unrivalled static fouling prevention performance,” said Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech.

“It is deeply satisfying that Selektope® has picked up in 2017 where it left off in 2016 by gaining recognition through the maritime industry’s excellence awards,” says Chaabane. “We are honored to join such a prestigious shortlist.”

Selektope® is an organic, non-metal compound whose pharmacological mode of action works to combat barnacle settlement by temporarily stimulating the swimming action in barnacle larvae, deterring them from attaching to a ship’s hull. It delivers powerful effect using only a few grams per liter of paint, optimizing hull performance while sharply reducing biocide loadings.

Tests have shown that anti-fouling products containing Selektope® offer superior hard fouling protection, resulting in lower water resistance and decreased fuel consumption, in addition to lower maintenance costs. Selektope® repels barnacles even when ships are idle, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.

Approved by Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European regulatory bodies progressively through 2014 and 2015, Selektope® has been used in a series of newbuilding and over-coating projects. The first branded marine coating products to feature Selektope® were launched by Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd. (CMP) in 2016. CMP’s new generation ‘SEAFLO NEO’ range of anti-fouling products make the Selektope® solution available as a high-performance product for mainstream operations, under two separate brands: SEAFLO NEO CF PREMIUM; and SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM.

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Selektope® antifouling agent inventor I-Tech expands team with senior appointment

Catherine Austin has assumed the role of Director Marketing and Communications at Gothenburg-based I-Tech, inventor and supplier of the unique marine anti-fouling agent Selektope®.

In the newly-created position Catherine Austin will direct the marketing strategy and external communications for Selektope®. Using her extensive experience in technical writing, research and stakeholder engagement she will be responsible for continuing to raise the profile of the unique anti-fouling ingredient in the marine industry.

Catherine has joined I-Tech following her departure from marine publishing and events company Fathom Maritime Intelligence, where she held the position of Executive Director. She is a technical journalist and has held the position of editor-in-chief for Ship Efficiency Review in addition to writing for various other marine trade media publications.  Prior to this, Catherine held a senior role in the Carbon War Room’s Shipping Operation and worked for specialist marine PR firm Blue Communications.

“I am very pleased that Catherine has joined I-Tech in the position of Director Marketing and Communications. Catherine’s experience in technical writing, research and communications coupled with her passion for Selektope® make her the perfect addition to our growing team” says Philip Chaabane, CEO, I-Tech AB.

Selektope® is an active biocide that repels barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior. It is distinguished by extremely low biocidal loading and has been approved by Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European regulatory bodies for professional and non-professional use.

Tests have shown that antifouling products containing Selektope® significantly reduce barnacle fouling, lowering water resistance and potentially reducing drag up to 40%, and thereby cutting ship air emissions. It repels barnacles even when ships are at rest, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.

The first branded marine coatings to feature the breakthrough antifouling ingredient Selektope® were launched by coatings major Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd. (CMP) in 2016. CMP’s new generation ‘SEAFLO NEO’ range of antifoulings make the Selektope® solution available as a high-performance product for mainstream operations, under two separate brands: SEAFLO NEO CF PREMIUM; and SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM.

The breakthrough antifouling ingredient also secured two prestigious industry awards in 2016. One from the European Marine Engineering Awards and another from the Tanker Shipping & Trade Awards, both in recognition of the breakthrough marine coating ingredient’s Environmental Performance.

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Selektope® adds Tanker Shipping & Trade accolade to awards haul

Selektope®, the antifouling agent pioneered by Gothenburg-based I-Tech, has ended the 2016 maritime awards season where it started, by securing one of the industry’s most sought-after environmental accolades. The coating ingredient, whose pharmacological action is unique in marine antifouling, has been named winner of the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environmental Award 2016. Organized by Riviera Maritime Media, the Tanker Shipping & Trade Awards recognize excellence, innovation, and environmental performance across the tanker industry.

Karen Purnell, Managing Director of Award sponsor International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd presented the trophy to I-Tech Chief Executive Philip Chaabane after the gala dinner of the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, London on November 15th.

“This has been a breakthrough year for Selektope, following the many years spent in researching, certifying, commercializing and industrializing the product,” said Mr. Chaabane. It is particularly pleasing that the environmental performance of Selektope has been recognized by specialists in the tanker sector, which has been one of the earliest adopters of Selektope.”

Selektope repels barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior. It is distinguished by extremely low biocidal loading and has been approved by Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European regulatory bodies.

Tests have shown that antifouling products containing Selektope significantly reduce barnacle fouling, lowering water resistance and potentially reducing drag up to 40%, and thereby cutting ship air emissions. It repels barnacles even when ships are at rest, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.

Award judges were made aware of the first publicly-disclosed coating application to include Selektope, with Sembcorp applying a Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) antifouling to the side walls of the 2010-built, Laurin Maritime chemical carrier Calypso in late 2015. In August 2016, CMP launched the first two ‘SEAFLO’-branded marine coatings to feature Selektope.

Earlier this year, Selektope also secured one of the prestigious European Marine Engineering Awards 2016, in recognition of the breakthrough marine coating ingredient’s Environmental Performance.

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Selektope® shortlisted for two more 2016 environmental awards

Selektope®, the innovative ingredient used in marine antifouling coatings whose prevention of barnacle growth on ship hulls yields fuel savings, has been shortlisted for two more prestigious environmental awards within its first full year of commercial availability.

I-TECH AB, the Gothenburg-based company behind Selektope’s development, has already seen the product secure the European Marine Engineering Award 2016 for Environmental Performance.

Selektope has now been named as a finalist in the Environmental Technology category of the forthcoming Ship Efficiency Awards, organized by Fathom Shipping Events. The Award recognizes innovative technologies that have contributed to reducing the environmental impact of shipping. Now in their third year, the Ship Efficiency Awards have become a sought after recognition of ship efficiency excellence, with entrants assessed by an independent panel of expert judges. Award winners will be celebrated at an evening gala ceremony, hosted by Lloyd’s Register, in London on November 2nd, 2016.

I-TECH has also been shortlisted for the Environmental Award at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference and Awards 2016, which will be held in London on 15-16th November. Organized by Riviera Maritime Media, the Tanker Shipping & Trade Awards préconise excellence, innovation, and environmental performance across the tanker industry. This has been a breakthrough year for Selektope, whose pharmacological action is unique in marine antifouling. The product, developed over many years of research, repels barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior.

Selektope has been approved by Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European regulatory bodies and has also completed successful trials with several different shipowners. In August Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd. (CMP) launched the first branded marine coatings to feature Selektope as an antifouling ingredient, as part of the SEAFLO range. CMP emphasised that the resulting antifouling products would overcome the static challenges posed by barnacles, lowering friction between the hull surface and water to save energy and cut emissions.

Philip Chaabane, Chief Executive I-TECH, says: “After a 16-year journey to market, it is deeply satisfying that Selektope to be getting the recognition it deserves from industry. We hope to win, of course, but to be shortlisted is in itself a tremendous achievement, with independent judges vindicating the growing confidence in Selektope and its environmental performance.”

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Selektope® enters antifoulings mainstream via Chugoku SEAFLO NEO range

The first branded marine coatings to feature the breakthrough antifouling ingredient Selektope® have been launched by coatings major Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd. (CMP).

Developed by I-TECH AB, Selektope’s pharmacological action is unique in the marine antifouling application. It repels barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behaviour.

CMP’s new generation ‘SEAFLO NEO’ range of antifoulings make the Selektope solution available as a high performance product for mainstream operations, under two separate brands: SEAFLO NEO CF PREMIUM; and SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM.

SEAFLO NEO CF PREMIUM is based on zinc polymer technology and is a coating with an in-service life exceeding five years, ideal for oceangoing vessels operating worldwide. It has already been applied in full coats to vessels owned by shipping companies based in Sweden, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM, is based on silyl polymer technology, and specifically targets ‘low activity’ vessels. It has kept hulls ‘free from barnacles’, even when ships have been static during outfitting in the harsh fouling conditions in South Korean shipyards, according to CMP.

“These new SEAFLO NEO antifoulings will meet the demands of today’s shipping market,” says Masaya Hata, CMP General Sales Manager. “SEAFLO NEO CF PREMIUM is particularly effective for owners seeking optimized vessel efficiency in high fouling areas, while SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM comes into its own when ships spend more of their time at rest.”

High levels of biofouling on a ship’s hull increase drag, reduce vessel performance and increase fuel consumption significantly. Selektope is “proving to be spectacularly effective in the prevention of barnacle attachment and is confirming itself capable of unsurpassed antifouling performance, even when a ship is at anchorage for months,” CMP says.

The SEAFLO NEO range has been developed over a decade of trials and performance data gathering by CMP. Due to the low concentration needed, Selektope does not compromise the chemical structure, colour or other cooperative biocides of a marine coating.

Philip Chaabane, Chief Executive I-TECH, comments: “After a 16-year journey for Selektope through research, testing, approvals and industrialisation, we are honored to be part of CMP’s new premium antifouling range. Selektope is already excelling in mainstream shipping operations, as well as the tougher conditions arising from more aggressive fouling.”

Fully approved under the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation, I-Tech reports orders for coatings including Selektope in the first part of 2016 as double those achieved for the whole of 2015.

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I-Tech granted support from Swedish Energy Agency

I-Tech AB has been granted financial support in the form of a grant with a limited royalty of a total 5.423 MSEK for the launch and commercialization of Selektope on a national and global market.

Selektope prevents fouling of shell-building organisms to ships regardless of the type and use, and thus contributes to significant fuel savings for the industry, without disturbing the marine life

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