The latest ISO industry standards for “environmental” paints and coatings are now in force. ISO 19030 was developed by paint manufacturer Jotun, heading up a working group including 53 other participants.
Cutting fuel costs and emissions are now a priority for the entire industry. Jotun says that hull and propeller performance are responsible for up to 10% of worldwide fleet energy costs, a significant figure. Diverse claims for product efficiency levels made a more transparent system necessary.
Jotun says that the ISO standard includes practical methods for measuring changes in ship-specific hull and propeller performance. According to the company, this was developed to achieve a “step change” in enhancing environmental protection and vessel efficiency.