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Fouling release to reduce fuel consumption

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

A new hydrogel silicone fouling release can reduce a vessel´s fuel consumption by at least 4 to 8 per cent within the first year.

The new fouling release can reduce a vesssel´s fuel consumption significantly. Source: Peiniger RöRo

The new fouling release can reduce a vesssel´s fuel consumption significantly. Source: Peiniger RöRo

For the first time, shipowners can use a fouling release system that guarantees to reduce a vessel´s fuel consumption by at least 4 to 8 per cent within the first year, depending on the type of ship. "Hempasil X3", a new third-generation system launched by Hempel A/S end of November 2008, has already been proven in sea trials. It´s been shown to cut a vessel´s fuel bill by up to USD 1.5 million each year (for a large crude carrier with an activity level of 80%) and can also significantly lower CO2 emissions to reduce a vessel´s carbon footprint. According to the supplier the new system is the only fouling release system in the industry to feature pioneering hydrogel technology. The system comes as a package that includes the paint system, the fuel saving guarantee and a third-party fuel monitoring system, making it simple for users to really measure the fuel saving benefits. The new development uses hydrogel silicone to prevent fouling on a vessel´s hull. The concept is simple: the super water-absorbent hydrogel forms a polymeric network over the hull. Organisms perceive the hull as a liquid and not a solid surface and as a result, don´t try to catch hold. The hydrogel layer is effectively backed up by silicone, known for its self-cleaning properties.

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