PPG’s Sigma Sailadvance Antifouling Coatings for All Vessels

The antifouling coatings range is designed for all vessel types and operating speeds.

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PPG Industries’ Sigma Sailadvance antifouling coatings range is designed for all vessel types and operating speeds. Sigma Sailadvance is particularly effective for slow-steaming ships due to its engineered controlled surface active polymer (CSP) composition.

The range consists of four coatings: Sigma Sailadvance RX and GX and Sigma Sailadvance MX and DX. RX and GX antifoulings are based on self-release binder technology using CSPs that provide the coatings with a self-lubrication and self-release mechanism. MX and DX coatings are rebranded Sigma Syladvance 700 and 800 products.

CSPs act as a lubricant on the coating-water interface, which supports laminar flow, reducing hull friction when the ship is sailing and delivering fuel savings of 5 percent on average. CSPs create a “slippery surface” that increases resistance to fouling when a ship is not sailing, extending the potential for more idle days.

The antifoulings also benefit from high-volume solids (up to 59 percent) for efficient application and evolve in a pattern of linear polishing, with consistent biocide release for predictable performance for up to 90 months.