350 full vessel coatings achieved with HEMPAGUARD® antifouling product

Marine Equipment Products and Services, Stores and Provisions, Technical, Technology — By on September 7, 2015 at 12:05 PM

HempelJust two years after its launch, leading manufacturer of marine coatings – Hempel – announces that its revolutionary award winning antifouling product HEMPAGUARD® has now been applied as a full vessel coating to more than 350 ships.

HEMPAGUARD® was launched two years ago during London International Shipping Week 2013 after a five-year development programme, and is Hempel’s first product to use its proprietary ActiGuard® technology that integrates silicone-hydrogel and full diffusion control of biocides in a single coating. So confident is Hempel of its performance that the company offers the industry’s first performance satisfaction guarantee.

To date, feedback from customers confirms that their vessels have remained significantly cleaner, and for longer, than they’ve experienced with any other antifouling product.

Claes Skat-Roerdam, Marketing Manager, Fouling Control, Hempel A/S commented:

“We are delighted with the success of HEMPAGUARD®, it really is a strong endorsement of the protection properties of our product. The combination of silicone-hydrogel and biocide science has revolutionised antifouling technology to deliver excellent fouling resistance – including up to 120 days during idle periods – plus fuel savings of between four and six per cent on average. The fact that more than 350 vessels have now been coated with HEMPAGUARD® proves the value of our new coating”.

The coating was introduced to the shipping industry against a backdrop of rising bunkering costs, tightening environmental regulations and the introduction of mandatory Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP). In October 2014, HEMPAGUARD®, won Shipping Efficiency’s prestigious Environmental Technology award for making “a significant contribution to environmental impact reduction or prevention to ships.”

Hempel is exhibiting at Shipping Efficiency: The Event (8 & 9 September 2015) on stand no: 22 and at IMPA London (9 & 10 September 2015) on stand no: 60.

About Hempel
Hempel is a world-leading coatings supplier for the decorative, protective, marine, container and yacht markets. From wind turbines and bridges to hospitals, ships, power stations and homes, our coatings protect man-made structures from the corrosive forces of nature. Hempel owns, among other companies, Crown Paints. With a focus on R&D, advanced production techniques and professional coatings advice, we work around the globe to help keep our customers’ investments safe and attractive for a long time. Our working concept is simple: We are curious, creative and self-critical, and we always aim to create extra value for our customers.
www.hempel.com

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