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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Selektope® wins European Marine Engineering Award

Gothenburg-based I-Tech’s Selektope® antifouling agent has secured one of the prestigious European Marine Engineering Awards 2016, in recognition of the breakthrough marine coating ingredient’s Environmental Performance.

The Environmental Performance Award, sponsored by DNV GL, celebrates the environmental benefits of a product, process or management approach as a result of implementation for the first time in 2015, or significantly improved or relaunched.

The Award was presented by Robert Ashdown, Secretary General of the International Association of Classification Societies at the European Marine Engineering Conference gala dinner in Amsterdam on 13th April 2016.

I-Tech Chief Executive Philip Chaabane said: “It is a great honour for the environmental performance of Selektope to be recognized by an Award that takes into account the views of an independent panel of European Marine engineering judges and a public vote. This is a fantastic accolade, celebrating our ten-year-plus journey from scientific breakthrough to Selektope as a fully approved and available, anti-fouling agent that acts as a repellant to barnacles attaching themselves to ship hulls.”

Selektope is an organic, non-metal compound, which features an innovative pharmacological mode of action to combat barnacle settlement, even in minute quantities. It temporarily stimulates the swimming action in barnacle larvae’s, deterring them from attaching to the hull. It is distinguished by extremely low biocidal loading and is harmless to the marine environment.

Initial commercial applications of marine coatings with Selektope, which is now fully approved for use by the relevant authorities in Japan, South Korea, China and Europe, took place in 2015. Following paint product launches in the Japanese market and the Korean new build market, both in 2015), Selektope is now a high volume product. Its first publically-disclosed application took place at Sembcorp in Singapore, when a new copper-free product from Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) was applied to the side walls of the 2010-built, 46,000dwt chemical carrier Calypso operated by Sweden’s Laurin Maritime.

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

By repelling barnacle attachment, coatings with Selektope also lower the risk of transporting invasive aquatic species from one oceanic region to another.

The European Marine Engineering Awards are organised by Riviera Maritime Media. Award winners are selected after a dual process, reflecting consideration by a panel of independent judging experts from various marine engineering disciplines but also a public vote.

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I-Tech gets large market recognition of the newly EU-approved agent Selektope ®

Following the approval of Selektope ® under the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation, developer ITech reports extraordinary uptake for antifouling coatings that include the industry’s first pharmacological means of combatting barnacle settlement.

In the first month of 2016, orders amounted to double the volume achieved during the whole of 2015, with antifoulings including Selektope being applied for complete hull coating projects. I-Tech CEO Philip Chaabane says that the higher than anticipated demand from shipowners and acceptance by major coatings suppliers of performance claims for the biotechnology solution represent a decisive movement in the marine paints industry.

“We are very pleased to witness the market response to Selektope following recent achievements in securing major regulatory approval,” says Mr. Chaabane. “A key factor is the product’s ability to extend static performance of the coating, which is one of the major areas where improvements are needed. This is a good start. I am confident that uptake by the marine coatings industry will quickly bring Selektope’s other benefits into focus, contributing to an overall improvement in the performance of antifouling coatings.”

I-Tech has been able to meet the surge in demand through its agreement with life sciences giant Cambrex to produce Selektope on an industrial scale.

“Venturing from academia into the industry of antifouling has been truly demanding, and we still have a long way to go. But we are stronger than ever and determined to see continued success,” concludes Philip Chaabane

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I-Tech seals market acceptance for SELEKTOPE®

Final sign-off of the antifouling active substance Selektope® by the European Commission coincides the first disclosure of a commercial application in Asia.

The first publicly-disclosed commercial application for a marine coating featuring Selektope will start on November 1 in Singapore, swiftly after developer I-Tech secured European Commission sign-off that the revolutionary antifouling substance can also be used by yards anywhere in Europe.

Formal EC adoption of the approval regulation has been signed by EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, meaning that Selektope is permitted for use under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation in professional and non-professional antifouling products throughout the EU from January 1, 2016.

Selektope deters barnacles from settling on ship hulls by stimulating the swimming action of larvae. It is included as a 0.1% constituent of antifouling coatings – a fraction of the active substance needed to achieve comparable performance if traditional copper biocides are used.

“We are delighted to receive sign-off from the EC,” said Philip Chaabane, Managing Director, I-Tech. “Now all antifouling coatings suppliers are at liberty to offer innovation by deploying Selektope, safe in the knowledge that they are fully approved in Japan, Korea, China and Europe.”

I-Tech reached a non-exclusive commercial agreement covering the use of Selektope in 2014 with Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP). The first publicly-disclosed project will see a new copper-free product from CMP applied to the side-walls of the vessel Calypso for Swedish operator Laurin Maritime. The IMO II tanker is undergoing its first five year survey at Singapore yard Sembcorp. No special provisions are required beyond normal preparation work.

The project comes after several years of strong performance trial results, according to Mikael Laurin, Chief Executive Officer, Laurin Maritime. Selektope’s characteristics closely align with Laurin’s sustainability commitments, which extend to all aspects of shipboard operations, he said.

“We first took note of Selektope in 2010. Antifouling coatings have a major impact on fuel efficiency. Our ships operate in South East Asia and South America; port congestion can lead to vessels idling in tropical waters, bringing heavy fouling. I-Tech’s technology represents a major step in delivering an antifouling that performs the way we want, comparable to the performance achieved by antifouling coatings before the TBT ban in 2002.”

Masaya Hata, CMP General Manager (Sales), commented: “The extensive test applications we have made including Selektope have led us to plan for this coating to perform as a five-year period antifouling coating. We are convinced that our customers will save fuel using this coating; our plan is to evaluate performance on a working ship and position the new antifouling coating in the market over the coming three years.”

Selektope is patent protected in antifouling applications in all key shipbuilding and repair countries until 2026. Chaabane points out that a second safeguard against imitation is provided by the protection of original data by EU law, as well as the extensive documentation required to support acceptance of active substances under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation.

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Oliver Weigenand appointed as ITech COO

Oliver Weigenand assumes the newly installed position as Chief Operations Officer (COO) at I-Tech. I-Tech strengthens its commercial and industrial capabilities by appointing Oliver Weigenand as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Oliver has formerly been holding various international executive positions within LANXESS Corporation.

In the newly installed position Oliver will hold responsibility for sales and delivery and will in this position also lead the development of I-Techs industrial capabilities. Through this important reinforcement I-Tech is ready to accelerate global growth of its all new marine active agent (biocide), Selektope®.

Oliver has an impressive track record from his 8 years at LANXESS Corporation and has successfully held positions as Global Product Manager (including marine biocides) and has also served as a CEO of an SME within the LANXESS Corp. Oliver recently served as Vice President North and Central America at LANXESS and now moves back to Europe. Oliver assumes his role as COO at I-Tech in Gothenburg on June 15th.

“I am very pleased that Oliver has assumed the position as COO with I-Tech. With Oliver’s passion for driving growth, his international experience from high demanding positions and deep insights in the chemical and biocidal industry, we have the best possible line up to make a difference to the market,” says Philip Chaabane, CEO at I-Tech AB.

“I am absolutely convinced, that Selektope technology is a unique opportunity to establish a new generation marine antifouling product, says Oliver Weigenand.

“I am thrilled to boost global market approach and to help strengthen I-Tech’s industrial footprint. There are a lot of great potentials in front of the I-Tech team, together we will continue to build a strong platform, to ensure sustainable long term growth of Selektope.”

For more information please contact I-Tech CEO, Philip Chaabane, philip.chaabane@i-tech.se

CMP selects Selektope in new antifouling product SeaFlo Neo-s Premium

The product was recently introduced to the market during a presentation held by Chugoku Marine Paint (CMP). The SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM is developed based on new biocide technology and contains“Selektope®”.

The “SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM” is proven to exercise its excellent anti-fouling performance even in very high risk fouling ocean area, thus work successfully as an anti-fouling paint for outfitting period at new shipbuilding in Korea where it faces with severe fouling environment.

Read flyer: SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM CMP homepage: http://www.cmp.co.jp/en/products_en.html

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Selektope voted for European Union approval

The antifouling biocide Selektope® has been endorsed by the EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products and will be approved EU wide from the 1st of January 2016.

On the 8th July, the European Union Standing Committee on Biocidal Products gave a positive vote for Selektope to be approved under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation as an antifouling substance for use in both professional and non-professional antifouling products.

“We are very pleased to receive the final confirmation that Selektope complies with the demanding EU legislation for biocides. It has been a long process so we are very eager to take the next step towards having Selektope-containing antifouling products on the European market” says Dr Cecilia Ohlauson, Regulatory Affairs Manager for I-Tech.

Selektope has already received regulatory approval in Japan, Korea and China and is currently under evaluation in the USA.

“The vote for approval under one of the world’s most rigorous environmental standards is a huge achievement and sets an important milestone for our company”, says I-Tech CEO, Mr Philip Chaabane. “We are particularly proud that we can now serve our customers in all key markets of the commercial shipping community as well as the important yachting market in the EU”.

Through the approval, Selektope confirms its high efficacy and positive environmental aspects for a wide range of use within the marine sector.

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I-Tech appoints COO – Dr. Oliver Weigenand

Oliver Weigenand has assumed the newly installed position as Chief Operations Officer (COO) at I-Tech.

ITech strengthens its commercial and industrial capabilities by appointing Oliver Weigenand as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Oliver has formerly been holding various international executive positions within LANXESS Corporation. In the newly installed position Oliver will hold responsibility for sales and delivery and will in this position also lead the development of I-Techs industrial capabilities.

Through this important reinforcement I-Tech is ready to accelerate global growth of its all new marine active agent (biocide), Selektope®.

“I am very pleased that Oliver has assumed the position as COO with I-Tech. With Oliver’s passion for driving growth, his international experience from high demanding positions and deep insights in the chemical and biocidal industry, we have the best possible line up to make a difference to the market,” says Philip Chaabane, CEO at I-Tech AB.

Oliver has an impressive track record from his 8 years at LANXESS Corporation and has successfully held positions as Global Product Manager (including marine biocides) and has also served as a CEO of an SME within the LANXESS Corp. Oliver recently served as Vice President North and Central America at LANXESS and now moves back to Europe. Oliver assumes his role as COO at I-Tech in Gothenburg on June 15th.

“I am absolutely convinced, that Selektope technology is a unique opportunity to establish a new generation marine antifouling product,” says Oliver Weigenand. “I am thrilled to boost global market approach and to help strengthen I-Tech’s industrial footprint. There are a lot of great potentials in front of the I-Tech team, together we will continue to build a strong platform, to ensure sustainable long term growth of Selektope.”

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CMP selects Selektope in new antifouling product SeaFlo Neo-s Premium

The product was recently introduced to the market during a presentation held by Chugoku Marine Paint (CMP). The SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM is developed based on new biocide technology and contains“Selektope®”.

The “SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM” is proven to exercise its excellent anti-fouling performance even in very high risk fouling ocean area, thus work successfully as an anti-fouling paint for outfitting period at new shipbuilding in Korea where it faces with severe fouling environment.
Read flyer: SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM

CMP homepage: http://www.cmp.co.jp/en/products_en.html