The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category 2007 was awarded to International Paint’s Marine and Protective Coatings Business Unit.
The award is for the development of Intersleek 700, a silicone-based foul release coating designed for use on the underwater hull of ships with in service speeds between 15 and 30 knots. Intersleek 700 does not use biocides to control fouling on the ship’s hull, relying instead on a slippery, low friction surface onto which fouling organisms have difficulty settling. Any that do settle, normally do so only weakly and can usually be easily removed by simple wiping/washing or by the vessel moving through the water at a high speed. Performance and environmental benefits include reduced fuel consumption, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, no leaching of biocides into the sea and reduced wash water treatment costs at drydock.