Hempel unveils antifouling

Feb 11 2019

Coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched a new antifouling coating - Atlantic+.

Claimed to deliver unparalleled protection, Atlantic+ is 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 powerful biocide package and proven 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 drydocking, the company said.

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," he said.

Atlantic+ at a glance:
•    Mid-tier powerful antifouling.
•    Reinforced with patented microfibre technology to improve mechanical strength and reduce repair cost.
•    Suitable for all vessel types and in all trading conditions.
•    Effective from first contact with water with controlled polishing throughout the service interval.
•    Offers easy overcoating.  
•    High volume solids and low VOCs.


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