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Painting your way to operational efficiency

Vessel maintenance is key to ensuring operational efficiency. The formula is simple: if you look after your vessel then your vessel will look after you. It is well known that hull coatings can deliver significant fuel savings, but there are other areas in a ship where, if painted with the right coating solution, further efficiencies can be achieved for shipowners, shipyards and applicators.

Bulk carriers need to be in shipshape condition for quick turnaround times in ports. This includes minimising maintenance costs, as well as ensuring that inspection and routine cleaning are performed as efficiently as possible. A simple and effective way to achieve this is by investing in high performance cargo hold coatings solutions. These will protect against corrosion and damage and make it easier to clean the holds. They are easy to apply and fast-curing for a quick return to service.

Efficient solutions

In response to the industry’s need for complete operational efficiency, global coatings manufacturer Hempel designed a next generation cargo hold coating – Hempadur Ultra Strength Fibre 47510. This innovative coating offers customers an outstanding return on investment by delivering up to 40 per cent reduction in cargo hold maintenance costs*.

Specifically designed to withstand the harsh conditions endured by cargo holds, hatch covers, and hatch coamings of bulk carriers, Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fibre 47510 delivers superior corrosion protection and extended major repair intervals for owners and operators. It is easy to apply and exhibits fast curing properties. Off hire periods can be as short as just three days from coating to loading the first hard cargo**, which saves significant costs for the vessel owner.

Leading technology

Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fibre 47510 incorporates a unique combination of superior mechanical resistance, fibre and self-toughening technology for improved cargo hold protection. Incorporating Hempel´s patented fibre technology, this heavy-duty coating gives superior resistance to abrasion, impact, cracking and chemical attack, combined with an easy-to-clean smooth surface. Higher coating flexibility is also delivered in critical cargo hold areas, whilst the self-toughening technology is activated by cargo heat, boosting the coating’s mechanical, chemical and thermal resistance.

As the shipping industry continues to face challenging market conditions, the right investment in the optimum cargo hold coating, such as Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fibre 47510, can deliver marked improvement in operational efficiency to ship owners from the inside out.

Hempadur Ultra-Strength Fibre 47510 at a glance:

  • Excellent cargo resistance with a 10-year major repair interval
  • Best in class resistance against self-heating cargoes to reduce hold maintenance costs
  • 76 per cent volume solids and low volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Excellent resistance against abrading and cargo gouging damages to reduce maintenance during operation
  • Fast return to service after coating application – three days to carry first hard cargo – minimising vessel downtime**
  • Offers easy hold cleaning between cargoes for high cargo flexibility
  • High productivity and application simplicity for shipyards and applicators as application is achieved over a wide range of temperatures (-5˚C/22˚F to +40˚C/104˚F)
  • Complies with FDA regulation in respect of dry foodstuffs

*Compared to a standard epoxy coating for cargo holds. Bulk carrier size: Panamax. Cost simulation based on 10 years major repair interval. Country of maintenance: China

** At coating curing temperature of 25°C/77°F


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