Three-coat antifoul system promises reduced drag

Industry Database

A unique three-coat system provides vessels with a smoother hull and its manufacturers claim it will deliver a guaranteed maximum speed loss of 1.2 percent over five years.

Hempel’s Hempaguard MaX system is applied in three layers, meaning it can be applied more quickly, reducing time in dry dock by up to two days. According to hempel, the combined savings generated by Hempaguard MaX through reduced time in dry dock and increased fuel savings could payback the cost of the coating within three months.

Speaking at the launch, Hempel's Head of Marine Group Product Management, Davide Ippolito, said: "The high level of fuel savings and hull protection are achieved due to the low average hull roughness (AHR) level delivered by the whole coating system, very low speed loss over the entire operational period and improved anticorrosive capabilities."

Hempel's new system builds on the success of its flagship hull coating Hempaguard X7. Since its launch in 2013, this coating has been applied to over 1500 vessels allowing those owners to collectively reduce their annual bunker bill by a staggering USD 500 million and over 10 million tonnes in CO2 emissions- Hempel claims in its marketing material.

By Jake Frith

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