Hempel Launches Fouling Release Coating To Deliver Fuel Savings



Hempel, a leading marine coatings manufacturer, building on its industry proven Hempasil range of fouling release systems, has announced the launch of a new antifouling to deliver optimal fuel savings and return on investment.

Feature Highlights of the new product, Hempasil X3+:

  • Two-component fouling release coating with a high solid(s) content that ensures clean hulls for longer periods.
  • Creates a smooth, low energy surface with unique fouling release properties.
  • Its hydrogel micro layer prevents fouling organisms from firmly adhering to the hull while retaining the self-cleaning properties of silicone.
  • A completely biocide free paint and has no impact on the marine environment which assists ship owners fulfill their obligations to the environment.

This latest trusted solution from Hempel is based on unique hydrogel technology comprising a network of advanced polymer chains which absorb high amounts of water (to a level of more than 99%), to create a water-like boundary layer.  This layer effectively tricks the fouling organisms into believing the hull is a liquid and not a solid surface and this minimizes protein and bacterial adhesion.

Henrik Dyrholm, Hempel’s Group Product Manager said during the launch of the product:

“This innovative new coating has been developed in consultation with our customers to offer an additional choice for owners and yards and to deliver optimal fuel savings.  Due to its high efficiency, the Hempasil X3+ will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a vessel making it the ideal choice for environmentally aware ship owners, who want the best for the environment and their business.  Our innovative hydrogel technology gives an additional layer of protection that remains present and stable over time to provide optimal fouling prevention and performance.”

Now, if your vessel opts for such paints or any other fuel saving solution, the first question which pops up to everyone is how to quantify the savings or increase in performance due to adoption of the new technology.

Here is an Answer to it!

VEEMS (Viswa Energy Efficiency Management System) has been developed to measure and quantify performance increase due to new fuel saving technology adoption.  VEEMS can be used extensively to work on multitude of ‘big data’ which is captured on board and arrive at an instantaneous ‘energy saving’ decision.

VEEMS, when installed onboard, can capture data every 1/10th of an hour and this data is utilized to monitor the trend for the lifetime of the vessel. VEEMS can immediately show the performance improvement through its user-friendly interface and throw lights on significant key performance indicators when a new fuel saving technology is adopted.

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Source: Hempel