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Hempel launches new antifouling coating for hull protection

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Coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched a new antifouling coating - Atlantic+ - designed to protect the hull from fouling throughout service intervals of up to 60 months. The new antifouling is suitable for all vessel types and all water temperatures.

Atlantic+ incorporates a biocide package and binder system. This ensures progressive and controlled self-polishing from the moment the hull hits the water and for up to 60 months thereafter. The new coating is reinforced with Hempel’s patented microfibre technology at a higher level of the company’s strongest cargo hold coating – Hempadur Ultra Strength Fibre.

The science behind the microfibre technology involves introducing an internal skeleton of fibres into the paint to enhance its mechanical strength – in the same way that steel rods can be inserted into concrete to reinforce a physical structure. Strengthening the antifouling coating in this way means ensuring protection from fouling on areas exposed to impact and abrasion; improving overcoatibility; reducing the areas to blast; and ultimately decreases the costs for the ship´s dry docking.

Commenting on the new coating, Hempel’s Group Product Manager, Marine Group Product & Portfolio, Davide Ippolito, said:

“Ever mindful of the operational and financial pressures on shipowners and operators, we are keen to continue to broaden our portfolio of hull coatings to ensure we are delivering a range of solutions to suit every customer. Atlantic+ is a mid-market coating that enables shipowners to benefit from a high-quality, high performing antifouling with superior mechanical strength. We’ve ensured our new product is easy to apply and that it provides protection for up to 60 months in a wide range of conditions offering high operational flexibility.”

Atlantic+ incorporates ingredients that enhance antifouling performance and provide effective self-polishing and smoothing characteristics. Its binder technology and use of biocides ensures consistent, progressive and controlled polishing in all trading conditions.

Read the article online at: https://www.drybulkmagazine.com/shipping/06022019/hempel-launches-new-antifouling-coating-for-hull-protection/

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