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Marine Log

January 29, 2008

More cruise ship applications for Intersleek 900

Carnival Victory

International Paint Ltd. is starting to rack up up cruise ship applications for Intersleek 900, a patented fluoropolymer foul release coating introduced in February 2007.

International recently successfully completed an Intersleek 900 hull coating project on the seven-year old Carnival Victory owned and operated by Carnival Cruise Lines. Meantime, MSC Cruises has become the first cruise line to opt for a newbuilding application of Intersleek 900--on the underwater hull of the 92,400 gt MSC Poesia.

Carnival Victory was coated with Intersleek 900 during its recent drydocking in the Grand Bahamas Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in late 2007. The Carnival Valor is also due to be coated with Intersleek 900 in late January 2008.

Intersleek 900 was chosen for these vessels following a long evaluation of the Intersleek 700 foul release system by Carnival Cruise Lines. Intersleek 700 demonstrated that the coating decreased fuel consumption and improved hull maintenance. Secondary benefits included a reduction in the amount of hazardous wash water and contaminated grit produced during coating repair, fewer coats and less paint applied at subsequent drydockings, fewer volatile organic compounds released during the painting process and less time spent in drydock.

"The Intersleek coating has definitely proven to be effective on Carnival's vessels in terms of improving vessel speed and energy efficiency along with preventing fouling build up on the underwater hull," said Roberto Martinoli, the Executive Vice President of Carnival Cruise Lines who was heavily involved in the evaluation of Intersleek 700. "Our continued use of Intersleek on an increasing number of vessels is testament to the positive results we are experiencing".

Carnival and International have worked together to improve the efficiency of the line's fleet since 2001 when Intersleek 700 was first applied to the vertical sides of the Carnival Imagination. The effectiveness of the coating was apparent immediately and in 2002/3 the coating was applied to six other vessels in the fleet. Each ship has subsequently been drydocked and again coated with Intersleek 700.

As Carnival continued to evaluate Intersleek 700, initially coating only the underwater sides of ships, the areas coated were gradually extended as the benefits of the product were realized. Carnival Ecstasy, for example, had only the underwater sides coated in 2002, two years later the underwater sides and boottop were coated and in 2006 the entire underwater hull was coated with Intersleek 700.

Earlier in 2007, Carnival decided to extend Intersleek fleet usage to 10 vessels and signed a long term supply agreement with International Paint Ltd.

Continuing its practice of evaluating new technology, Carnival chose the new Intersleek 900 for the recent docking of the Carnival Victory and the upcoming docking of the Carnival Valor.

Intersleek 900 is exceptionally smooth with unprecedented low levels of average hull roughness, has excellent foul release capabilities and good resistance to mechanical damage. In terms of fuel efficiency and emissions, Intersleek 900 offers predicted savings of a further 2 percent compared to Intersleek 700 and 6 percent compared to SPC antifoulings. The potential exists for even greater savings in comparison to CDP, controlled depletion antifoulings. The absence of biocides also offers cost advantages at the next drydocking on treatment and disposal costs of wash water and blasting abrasive. Since launch, Intersleek 900 has quickly established a track record of 90 vessels.

MSC Cruises is the world's first company to apply the revolutionary, biocide free, foul release coatings system Intersleek 900 on a cruise ship newbuilding.

The MSC Cruises newbuilding application on the underwater hull of the 23 knot, 92,400 GT 'MSC Poesia', scheduled to debut in March 2008, was carried out at pre-delivery drydocking of the vessel in St Nazaire, France in early January 2008 by Aker Yards.

Mr. Giorgio Fabbi, Senior Sales Manager, International Paint Italy said, "Intersleek 900 is an excellent product, providing significant performance and environmental benefits for both the ship operator and the shipyard. This successful first of a kind application was only made possible however by a first class team effort from all parties involved. I would like to thank MSC Cruises for their trust and support, Aker Yards, France for accepting new challenges and representatives from International Paint Italy, France and the U.K. for their dedicated assistance."

For the shipyard the Intersleek 900 system on the MSC Poesia was applied over Intersleek 717 Link Coat, a product especially designed to be applied to SPC antifoulings in good condition, eliminating the need for grit blasting and specialist waste disposal further reducing the environmental impact of the Intersleek coating process.

Mr. John Willsher, Intersleek Business Development Manager, EMEA said, "With Intersleek 900 quickly building a track record of 90 vessels, it is clear that operators are attracted by the potential benefits on offer. We feel that Intersleek 900 is a significant step forward in fouling control technology and one which will have a positive impact on the environmental profile and fuel efficiency of the global fleet."

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