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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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