Selektope®, the barnacle repelling active antifouling agent widely used in commercial coatings for ocean going vessels, has been integrated into a brand new antifouling paint for worldwide trading vessels. 

In order to meet the growing demand of efficient hull fouling protection with less environmental impact, I-Tech’s long-term partner Chugoku Marine Paints has integrated Selektope into its latest expansion of the SEAFLO NEO series. The new low-friction, hydrolysis antifouling coating, SEAFLO NEO M1 PLUS, will be available for worldwide trading vessels from July 2021. 

SEAFLO NEO M1 PLUS provides a smooth surface that contributes to the reduction of fuel consumption by lessening the frictional resistance of water flow during operation of ships. It can be applied at both stages of new-building and dry-docking and has outstanding antifouling performance suitable for ships exposed to high fouling pressure, such as long periods of idle in areas with high seawater temperature or static conditions during the outfitting period at a new-building stage. 

The product is developed to meet growing environmental market demands for sustainable coatings. By the use of Selektope, which is highly effective in ultra-low concentrations, SEAFLO NEO M1 PLUS is classed as a low-VOC product, enabling less environmental impact both by keeping the hull clean and by low biocidal leaching from the coating. 

Philip Chaabane, CEO of I-Tech AB, commented, ”We are proud that Selektope® is selected to act as a core agent in this remarkable new coating launched by Chugoku Marine Paints targeting the global fleet. Following the first commercial activity with Selektope® 6 years ago, this product marks a new step in utilizing I-Tech´s bio-repellent active agent as a key ingredient to bring forward enhanced coating properties. I am excited to see the Selektope-powered M1 product move into the market contributing to the strong needs of making shipping more sustainable." 

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