Antifouling film in testing with DanPilot

The new-built pilot boat at the Baltic Workboat shipyard (Photo: Renolit) The new-built pilot boat at the Baltic Workboat shipyard (Photo: Renolit)

Renolit Maritime has coated one of a total of eleven new vessels ordered by the Danish State Pilot Service, DanPilot.

The other ten vessels were given a conventional anti-fouling paint coating. A series of tests will be performed in the coming months in which the pilot vessels will be compared to each other, particularly with regard to their fuel efficiency.

The eleven identical vessels were built for DanPilot by the Baltic Workboat shipyard. This is one of Europe’s leading shipyards for workboats and the company enabled the filming of the vessel in one of its shipyard buildings. In June 2018, Renolit presented its Renolit Dolphin S film solution to the technical directors of DanPilot. The company then agreed to film the last boat of the series with the Renolit Dolphin S anti-fouling film for test purposes.

“Our vessels are in operation for an average of 10 hours per day and use about 1,000 litres of fuel during this period. We not only hope that the film offers outstanding protection against fouling but also significant fuel savings in the long term” said Anders L. Thomsen from DanPilot.

The pilot vessel was coated at the Baltic Workboat shipyard in Estonia. A total of five applicators were on-site to apply the Renolit Dolphin S film to the 14.95 metre long boat. As the pilot vessels are identical in design, construction and equipment, the effect of the film compared to the other 10 vessels will be easy to determine,” says Sébastien Charlés, Renolit Maritime Business Manager.

Jürgen Part, the corresponding Project Manager at Baltic Workboats, is excited. “The film could actually be a very good alternative to our previously-used anti-fouling measures, especially with regard to contamination and emissions. We are looking forward to seeing the DanPilot results. If the film delivers what it promises, we could well make filming a factory option”.

The Renolit Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of high-quality plastic films and associated products for technical applications. The independent, family-owned company has been setting standards for quality and innovation for 70 years and presently employs around 4,500 people in more than 30 production plants and sales offices. In fiscal 2017, the Group generated sales of EUR 1.016 billion.

By Jake Frith

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