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Hempel launches trio of new antifouling products

Hempel launches trio of new antifouling products
Marine coatings manufacturer Hempel announces the launch of two new antifouling products for dry-dockings and new buildings which deliver fuel savings of 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 proven GLOBIC technology incorporating 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 effective for slow-steaming operations because of its instant activation of polishing and biocide leaching.

Also new is DYNAMIC 8000, extending the current DYNAMIC range utilising 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 antifouling suitable for up to a 36 month drydocking interval. It comes with 60% volume solids and a sufficient biocide package to deliver an optimal price/performance match.

All three new products also make use of Hempel’s micro-fibre reinforcement technology that enhances the mechanical strength of the coating to reduce cracking and peeling.