New Hempel Coatings Meets Future Requirements

Hempel recently launched worldwide its Globic SP-ECO range of 2003 IMO-compliant antifoulings, a high-performance, self-polishing antifouling with a unique fiber composite structure. The innovation is being touted by the manufacturer as revolutionary as the fibers incorporated in the paint are designed to give exceptional mechanical strength and optimal polishing control, offering antifouling protection for up to five years.

Fiber reinforced materials — which are the norm for many everyday and marine-industry products — is new concept for marine antifouling coatings.

Hempel has invested a decade and millions of dollars in the development of the technology which led to Globic SP-ECO, a coating, which the company says has probably the highest solids content of any of the new 2003 IMO-compliant products, meaning less use of solvents and less air pollution.

Globic SP-ECO has a controlled leached layer, which means that subsequent applications only need high-pressure fresh water hosing, thus eliminating the need for a sealer coat.

The antifoulings represent a new era in 2003 IMO-compliant technology.

The need for development of these new technologies is based on the ban of the use of TBTbased technology, new and evolving regulations, which demand that antifouling paints have no adverse environmental impact. The new regulations stipulate the banning of the application of TBT-based products by January 1, 2003, and the banning of the presence of the TBT-based products on the hull by January 1, 2008.

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