The results of the study were presented at the 4th annual Hull Performance and Insight Conference (HullPIC) in Gubbio, Italy.

Specifically, the study used the hull performance analysis analysis methodology developed by DNV GL to analyze the performance of various major vessel types, including LNG carriers, bulk carriers, crude oil tankers and cruise vessels that use PPG antifouling and fouling release solutions in a variety of operating conditions.

Following, the study resulted to:

  1. Improved hull performance with less than 1.5% average speed loss in a number of ship types and operational conditions;
  2. Vessels using PPG’s PPG SIGMAGLIDE® 1290 fouling release coating demonstrated notable speed and power improvement over the baseline sea trial conditions

Tom Molenda, PPG global platform director, marine coatings commented

This study provides additional confirmation that PPG fouling control products contribute to improved vessel performance.

Concluding, PPG opted for DNV GL as a partner, due to the accuracy of the company’s vessel performance analysis methodology, which is more fruitful than the ISO 19030 standard for measuring changes in hull and propeller performance. DNV GL’s testing procedures introduce advanced filtering and normalization methods that increase the usability of data and yield more accurate results.