Hempel unveils SHAPE: continuing its focus on fuel efficiency

Hempel unveils SHAPE: continuing its focus on fuel efficiency

Hempel launches new tank coating

Designed specifically for FPSOs, Hempadur 15600 ensures excellent performance at temperatures where conventional epoxy universal primers can display limited resistance

March 2018

Hempel, a leading coating manufacturer, has launched its high-performance, chemical-resistant, two-component epoxy coating, Hempadur 15600, for the offshore industry.

Designed specifically for floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) cargo tank protection, Hempadur 15600 is International Maritime Organization (IMO) Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) cargo oil tank compliant, said a statement.

The coating provides excellent resistance to continuous immersion in hydrocarbons, including crude oil up to 90-deg C, it said.

Maurice Steijger, group offshore manager, Hempel, said: “Hempadur 15600 is an important part of our range of high-performance coatings for cargo tank protection within the offshore oil and gas industry.”

“It offers the application benefits of a pure epoxy coating with the corrosion protection and temperature resistance of an epoxy phenolic coating. It is particularly suitable for FPSO contractors and owners specifying coatings for their cargo and slop tanks,” he said.

“Hempadur 15600 is mechanically robust and can be applied in just two coats to comfortably achieve the required dry film thickness (DFT) for most cargo oil tank specifications. This enhanced performance is due to Hempel’s high cross-link density technology which gives added chemical and corrosion resistance and a hard, glossy surface for easy cleaning,” he added.

“Application costs and risks are reduced, and the coating offers resistance to hydrocarbons, including crude oil, at temperatures up to 90degC,” he concluded.

Hempel’s Hempadur 15600: launched for the offshore industry

Hempel’s Hempadur 15600: launched for the offshore industry

Additionally, this high temperature resistance ensures excellent performance at temperatures where conventional pure and modified epoxy universal primers can display limited resistance.

For shipyards, Hempadur 15600 delivers fast drying and curing properties resulting in a hard, smooth and easy clean surface; and after six hours it is re-coatable, saving further time and costs during dry-docking and maintenance.

Unlike many other cargo tank coatings, Hempadur 15600 can be applied at temperatures as low as -5 degC, offering more flexibility during winter working conditions.

To assist with the necessary tank inspections, Hempadur 15600 is available in multiple shades including light colours which are highly resilient to oil staining, permitting easier inspection and identification of defects following immersion service, it stated.


Launches SHAPE

Earlier, in response to the global shipping industry’s continuing focus on fuel efficiency, the company launched its new Systems for Hull and Propeller Efficiency (SHAPE). Based on the ISO 19030 framework, SHAPE combines elements of hull and propeller efficiency optimisation, delivering expert advice and solutions to every ship operator, a statement said. 

The transparent and thorough process of SHAPE is designed to maximise the quality of performance analysis and to offer expert advice for maximising hull efficiency and return on investment. Fouling and mechanical damage on the hull can increase the engine power a vessel needs by up to 20 per cent. By utilising SHAPE, in combination with Hempel›s leading hull coatings, Hempel is able to provide documented fuel savings and a programme of continuous improvement, it said. Users of SHAPE are able to analyse the impact on performance of hull and propeller solutions and dry dockings as well as in service hull and propeller maintenance, allowing for data driven decision making, it added.

Andreas Glud, group segment manager, Marine, Dry Dock, said: “Hull performance remains a crucial element in understanding fuel performance. At Hempel we started focusing on fuel performance over a decade ago when we launched the first fuel savings guarantees in the industry. Our new Hempel SHAPE system allows us to gather high quality data, provide expert analysis, deliver decisive advice and world class hull coatings irrespective of the type, age, size and the operating patterns of a vessel – making ship operators more efficient and competitive. We are presenting our customers with something beyond performance monitoring, we are offering fuel efficiency intelligence.”

SHAPE is based on the new standard in performance monitoring – the ISO 19030 – which was published a year ago. The ISO 19030 methodology describes how to measure changes in ship specific hull and propeller performance, and defines a set of relevant performance indicators for hull and propeller maintenance, and repair activities.

Specifically designed on the principles defined by ISO 19030, SHAPE can monitor the long-term trends via in service performance key performance indicator (KPI) but also short-term trends through the maintenance trigger KPI.

Only 15 per cent of the world›s fleet can currently meet the strict requirements of ISO 19030 part 2 but Hempel’s SHAPE offers a more flexible solution bringing transparent performance monitoring and analysis to the many and not just the few, it stated.

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