Hempel Rolls Out New Cargo Hold CoatingBy Aiswarya Lakshmi
Hempel has launched Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fiber 47510, a new cargo hold coating said to deliver up to 40 percent reduction in cargo holds maintenance costs, according to the coatings manufacturer.
Hempel said the new coating is specifically designed to withstand conditions experienced by cargo holds, hatch covers and hatch coamings of bulk carriers, offering superior corrosion protection and long major repair intervals for owners and operators, as well as application simplicity for shipyards and applicators.
Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fiber 47510 incorporates a combination of mechanical resistance, fiber and self-toughening technology for improved cargo hold protection, the manufacturer said. Hempel’s patented fiber technology delivers coating flexibility in critical cargo hold areas, while the self-toughening technology is activated by cargo heat, boosting the coating's mechanical, chemical and thermal resistance.
Davide Ippolito, Group Project Manager, Marine, Hempel A/S said, "At Hempel we understand our customers' needs for high performing, ultra-fast curing cargo hold coatings that deliver a fast return to service, minimize maintenance costs, reduce vessel downtime and speed up holds cleaning operations and inspection. As the shipping industry continues to face challenging market conditions, the right investment in the optimum cargo hold coating, such as Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fiber 47510, will deliver an extraordinary reduction up to 40 percent in cargo hold maintenance costs for ship owners."
"Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fiber 47510 builds on the technology behind our successful class-leading Hempadur Ultra-Strength 47500 – that has protected over 6.4 million square meters of steel since its launch in 2009 – elevating cargo hold protection to a higher level."
Incorporating Hempel's patented fiber technology, this heavy-duty coating exhibits superior resistance to abrasion, impact, cracking and chemical attack, combined with an easy to clean smooth surface. It is a self-priming, two-component, high build, pure epoxy coating which can be applied at a surface temperature of as low as -5˚C/22˚F. Its fast curing properties allows a rapid return to service – as short as just three days from coating to loading the first hard cargo – to minimize off-hire costs.