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U-Ming opts for Jotun’s Hull skater in first for Chinese yard

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Taiwan-based ship operator U-Ming, Chinese shipbuilder SWS and coatings specialist Jotun have signed commercial agreement for the groundbreaking Jotun Hull Skating Solutions (HSS) for U-Ming’s 190,000dwt dual-fuel bulk carrier newbuilding project at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard (SWS). The agreement was signed during a signing ceremony on Teams.

Jotun’s HSS combines the Hull Skater, an underwater robotic device with hull inspection and cleaning capabilities, and SeaQuantum Skate, a purpose developed antifouling coating. The solution will be fitted on one of U-Ming’s four LNG dual- fuel Tier III 190,000 dwt bulk carriers to be built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) to support the long term charter with mining giant Anglo American.

“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 decarbonisation strategy, we have been involved in many initiatives driving meaningful changes to reduce emissions.  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 decarbonisation and the Hull Skating Solutions offered by Jotun certainly supports and enhances our green ambitions.” said C.K. Ong, President of U-Ming.

“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”, said 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”, stated Morten Sten Johansen, Regional Marine Director, North-East Asia for Jotun. “With HSS we can deliver the promise of an “always clean hull” from day one, helping our customers to maximise the benefits of lower fuel costs, full flexibility in operations and effective biofouling management. 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”, Johansen said.

U-Ming’s vessels are expected to be delivered throughout 2022/2023.

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