Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India

Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India

11:48 AM, 16th October 2017
Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India
Jayakumar Krishnaswamy, Managing Director, AkzoNobel India.

Bringing a digital revolution in shipping

In an interview, Jayakumar Krishnaswamy with Chemical Today Magazine discusses ways in which the shipping industry is experiencing tectonic shifts of change and how the company is working towards revolutionizing this global industry.

By Shivani Mody

Future of things to come in the marine industry.

Our team of chemical engineers, material scientists, biologists, hydrodynamic experts, physicists and – nowadays – digital innovation specialists have been developing innovative technologies for decades to transform the shipping industry. Working on projects like biomimicry, drone technology, intelligent sensors and big data applications, we now have the ability to care for vessels at agreed performance levels with our advanced coatings and technology.

The marine industry is starting a new chapter in terms of the way ships are designed, built, operated and maintained. Autonomous vessel operation, digital connections through global satellites and new powering solutions will lead to a whole new generation of naval architects and we will witness much more collaborative partnerships across the value chain.

Sustainability is a key driver to develop these exciting technologies and it is the only way forward in shipping. With that belief as our compass, we’ve developed a number of initiatives to limit environmental impact and increase the sustainability of products across the entire industry.

Reducing the environmental impact of shipping and increasing the share of sustainable products is not just our responsibility. We work closely with other key industry players like our recent agreement with Maersk, in which we are creating transparency on sustainable best practices in the supply chain and reducing carbon emissions. We have also partnered with the Volvo Ocean Race and The Ocean Clean Up to develop programs that will drive sustainability. 

AkzoNobel is committed to undertake tangible actions towards lowering carbon emissions of the world’s shipping fleets, reducing emissions of biocides, and removing plastics from the world’s oceans as a part of its landmark initiative called sustainable shipping.

Inspiring development of improved digital solutions in marine industry.

The shipping industry is currently experiencing exciting and long-overdue tectonic shifts that will change it forever. AkzoNobel is one of the companies to help revolutionize this global industry. As changes are taking hold across the industry, the momentum to do things differently is growing and creating endless opportunities to innovate, create and transform.

We continue to stress the development of autonomous vessel operation, digital connections through global satellites and new powering solutions that will lead to a whole new generation of naval architects.

Digital innovative technology for the shipping industry.

At AkzoNobel we are already using Big Data, to create a digital consultancy tool called Intertrac Vision, the first ever digital tool for the shipping industry that can accurately predict the potential fuel and CO2 emission savings.

Intertrac OBM (On Board Maintenance), the latest advancement to the Intertrac range will help customers reduce cost by up to 20 percent. This online tool records, visualizes and analyzes Seastores purchasing patterns by vessel and fleet. Intertrac OBM provides greater transparency and control over OBM paint consumption as well as purchasing and has several features. These include streamlining purchasing to avoid small quantity orders and additional administration costs. It also identifies alternative ports with greater savings potential, and optimizes product choice to provide cost savings.

In addition, AkzoNobel has previewed a new web based tool Intertrac Perform. Currently, launched as a pilot initiative, this tool measures and monitors hull performance data and validates it against predictions made by Intertrac Vision, AkzoNobel’s landmark big data tool for coating performance prediction. Developed in partnership with University College London, this software builds on the capabilities of Intertrac, a tool which analyses the fouling challenges of different trading routes and Intertrac Vision, launched in 2015, a big data tool which combines this data with hydrodynamic analysis to predict hull performance. With Intertrac Perform, the Intertrac range forms a complete digital solution for predicting, measuring and analysing coating performance, without the need for any expensive equipment to be installed.

Incorporating the usage of drones in shipping industry.

AkzoNobel, oil & gas tanker operator Barrier Group and DroneOps have recently joined forces to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting enclosed spaces and ballast water tanks. The project will use advanced virtual reality technology to deliver safer, more accurate evaluations of ballast water tanks, offshore wind farms and other enclosed or difficult to access spaces on ships and marine structures, including inspections of coatings and corrosion.

Traditionally, inspections are carried out by crew, surveyors or independent inspectors – a potentially risky activity which represents one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in the industry.

As the new project progresses, the drone will undergo flight trials at AkzoNobel’s UK-based coatings test site and Barrier Group’s indoor training facility.

Future dynamics of robotic technology in shipping industry.

Robotic technology is going to play a major role in the future of sustainable shipping. In 2016, AkzoNobel successfully conducted a fully robotized spot-repair, including washing, spot-blasting, and coating application, on a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC). We are currently developing drones for the inspection of enclosed areas like cargo tanks and hulls where the risk of injury to people is high. In addition, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are being engineered for sustainable underwater cleaning.

Shaping the future of shipping industry.

AkzoNobel has recently announced a new customer experience aimed at bringing company’s wealth of performance management expertise to the fingertips of its customers called ‘Digital Voyage’. This is powered by Big Data, which will provide owners and operators with instant access to the information they need to make smarter decisions, from efficiency monitoring to purchasing optimization. This will also increase transparency throughout the industry, and giving owners and operators more control over their performance and efficiency management.

The integrated suite of digital tools includes Intertrac OBM (On Board Maintenance) that will help customers reduce costs by up to 20 percent.

Customers will also be able to download the recently launched International Marine Coatings App, a mobile-based application that provides customers with increased convenience and flexibility in accessing the company’s wealth of coatings data.

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