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PPG, a global leader in protective and marine coatings, and the global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL, have signed a collaboration agreement focused on operational data analysis using DNV GL’s next-generation hull analysis methodologies.

DNV GL’s George Dimopoulos, Head of R&D and advisory Greece and PPG’s Tom Molenda, Global Director Marine Coatings sign the collaboration agreement.

To tackle the challenge of poor hull and propeller performance, PPG and DNV GL will work together to collect data and apply DNV GL’s methodologies to contribute to PPG’s further development of innovative coating solutions.

According to data published by the IMO, about one tenth of the world fleet’s fuel consumption can be attributed to poor hull and propeller performance. This costs owners an estimated USD 30 billion in additional fuel costs per year and contributes to 0.3% of all manmade carbon emissions. Released in 2017, the ISO 19030 standard defines a set of performance indicators for hull and propeller maintenance, repair and retrofit activities to improve operational performance.

"DNV GL and PPG have identified a market demand for methodologies that go PPG and DNV GL collaborate to take hull performance beyond ISO 19030 beyond ISO 19030 and share a common vision to develop future requirements and solutions that enable optimum vessel performance. Our goal is to enhance hull efficiency for multiple operational profiles and optimize vessel performance." Tom Molenda, PPG’s Global Marine Director.

Jason Stefanatos, Senior Research Engineer, Braun Till, Market Development Manager and George Dimopoulos, Head of R&D and advisory Greece, PPG: Tom Molenda, Global Director Marine Coatings, Ariana Psomas, Global Segment Manager Dry Dock and New Build and Eirinaios Petoumenos, Business Development Manager Marine.

DNV GL Senior Research Engineer Jason Stefanatos explains that as more owners invest in more sophisticated sensors, tools and systems to collect operational data, performance can be measured more precisely over time.

"By applying DNV GL’s expertise in hull degradation and operational data analysis tools, PPG will be better able to transparently demonstrate the impact of their coating solutions."

Stefanatos says, noting that the methodologies and data analytics tools are also available on DNV GL’s Fleet Performance Management Platform ECO Insight.

"The ECO Insight platform provides information on the performance of voyage, vessel, hull, engine, fuel, weather, cargoes, among other variables. And because we have access to real-time vessel performance data from more than 1,900 vessels, we are confident that our collaboration with PPG can be used by owners and operators to optimize hull performance."

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