New Antifouling Products from Hempel
Building on the GLOBIC and DYNAMIC range of antifouling systems, marine coatings manufacturer Hempel launched two new antifouling products for drydockings and newbuildings. According to Hempel, the new antifoulings aim to deliver fuel savings up to 3% and provide added flexibility to shipowners and yards.
GLOBIC 8000 is a new hydrolysing self-polishing antifouling product that fits between the existing GLOBIC 6000 and GLOBIC 9000 antifouling systems. It builds on GLOBIC technology and incorporates Hempel’s nano acrylate technology which delivers a fine polishing control mechanism to bring the integral biocides to the surface at a stable rate ensuring a clean hull. GLOBIC 8000 can be used on all vessels at all speeds, but its nano acrylate technology binder makes it particularly suited for slow-steaming operations because of its instant activation of polishing and biocide leaching, Hempel said.
DYNAMIC 8000 extends the current DYNAMIC range utilizing silylated acrylate technology to deliver antifouling service at higher speeds.
Announcing the launch, Andreas Glud, Hempel’s Group Product Manager said, “These two new products offer a wider choice for owners and yards and deliver exceptional value-for-money. They comprise 58% volume solids and can be specified up to 90 months dry docking interval. This, together with a 3% fuel saving, means that these antifouling systems offer an unparalleled return on investment”
Completing the suite of new products is BASIC which Hempel describes as its most economic antifouling suitable for up to a 36 month drydocking interval. It comes with 60% volume solids and a sufficient biocide package to deliver a price/performance match.
All three new products also make use of Hempel’s micro-fiber reinforcement technology that enhances the mechanical strength of the coating to reduce cracking and peeling.