Newly built U-Ming’s bulk carriers will use the Hull Skating Solutions developed by Jotun.
U-Ming, SWS and Jotun have officially signed a commercial agreement that will allow to use Jotun’s Hull Skating Solutions (HSS) for the new U-Ming’s 190,000 dwt dual fuel bulk carriers that will be constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) in China. The agreement was signed during a signing ceremony on Microsoft Teams, the new vessels are expected to be delivered throughout 2022/2023.
“U-Ming is committed to be the front runner of sustainable marine transport services and our customers’ first choice in dry bulk shipping. As part of our decarbonization strategy, we have been involved in many initiatives driving meaningful changes to reduce emissions,” stated the President of U-Ming, C.K. Ong. “The recent IMO requirements on EEXI and CII is an opportunity to differentiate ourselves by offering our customers highly efficient vessels with significantly reduced operating fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Collaboration with stakeholders is the key to accelerate maritime decarbonization and the Hull Skating Solutions offered by Jotun certainly supports and enhances our green ambitions.”
Jotun’s HSS combines the Hull Skater, an underwater robotic device with hull inspection and cleaning capabilities, with the antifouling coating SeaQuantum Skate.
“SWS is proud to be the first shipyard in China to offer Jotun’s HSS to our customers. It is a groundbreaking technology and fits well into our program for Green Capesize bulk carriers developed by SWS. This development adds on to our green and modern shipbuilding model and coheres with our pursuit of sustainable development and environmental protection,” commented Zhang Qi Peng, Vice General Manager of SWS.
“I am very happy with the positive response from U-Ming and SWS to adopt Jotun’s HSS at the newbuilding stage. They are shaping the future of a sustainable shipping industry. With HSS we can deliver the promise of an “always clean hull” from day one, helping our customers to maximize the benefits of lower fuel costs, full flexibility in operations and effective biofouling management,” added Morten Sten Johansen, Regional Marine Director, North East Asia for Jotun. “Bulk carriers have sailing patterns that are highly dependent on market forces. Shifts in global commodity markets can change the expected idling time, geographical routes and port calls, exposing the vessel to high risks of biofouling that coatings alone may not be sufficient to address. On top of the advanced robotics, Jotun’s HSS also includes proactive condition monitoring – using vessel data, oceanographic assessments and predictive algorithms to adapt the system on the fly.”