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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
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September 8, 2009

Intersleek 900 for Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal is the latest U.K. Royal Navy warship to benefit from International Paint's Intersleek foul release technology.

As part of the Ark Royal's Contractor Support Period at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard in the UK, the 20,600 ton Invincible Class aircraft carrier had its underwater hull coated with Intersleek 900, International's premium fluoropolymer foul release coating. It is estimated this will cut fuel costs by as much as 9% and reduce the 1985 built vessel's emissions by a similar margin.

Since Intersleek 700 was applied to the hull of the Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland in January 2005, no fewer than 18 Royal Navy vessels have been coated with Intersleek foul release systems. Intersleek 700 has been applied to the hulls of four frigates and three recently built Type 45 destroyers whilst Intersleek 900 has been applied to a range of naval vessels including a Type 42 destroyer, six minesweepers, three new T45 destroyers, a helicopter carrier, a landing ship and a frigate.

"We are delighted that the Ministry of Defence has chosen the latest generation hull coating, Intersleek 900, for HMS Ark Royal", says Matthew Goodall, International Paint's U.K. Navy account manager. "We already supply Intersleek 900 to a number of world navies which have confirmed substantial fuel savings, cuts in emissions and other in-service performance benefits. HMS Ark Royal is an icon and deserves the very best in coatings technology."


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