Torm’s 2016-built, 49,800-dwt MR2 chemical and product tanker Torm Titan received the 2,000th application of Hempaguard X7 hull coating
Hempel has continuously documented Hempaguard X7’s ability to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for shipowners, and now the exact impact has been calculated*.
According to Hempel, Hempaguard X7 has reduced shipowners’ fuel consumption by 7.6M tonnes, lowering fuel costs by at least US$2.6Bn and CO2 emissions by 23.5M tonnes since its introduction.
Hempel executive vice president & chief commercial officer Michael Hansen commented “Reaching this important milestone of 2,000 full ship applications in just seven years proves the value of the solution for our customers. Simultaneously, it emphasises the importance of developing solutions that help our customers deliver on their sustainability agendas while reducing their costs. One of the key elements in our new strategy is to contribute to a more sustainable direction in the world. Solutions like Hempaguard will be essential to that."
Hempaguard X7 is based on Hempel’s patented Actiguard technology, which combines the smoothness of a silicone coating with efficient fouling preventing biocides in a single coat. Hempaguard X7 was the first fouling defence coating to use this innovative technology, and its significance has been immense for Hempel and the marine industry in general.
“By delivering fuel savings of at least US$2.6Bn and reducing CO2 emissions by 23.5M tonnes – equivalent to the emissions from 1.2M passenger cars per year since 2013 – we have confirmed our position within fuel reducing coatings, fouling defence systems and hull coatings, leading the way in documented fuel efficiency in the marine industry,” said Mr Hansen.
* Calculation method: The savings related to the 2,000 vessel applications have been calculated by evaluating each vessel individually. For each ship coated with Hempaguard X7, Hempel estimated the actual yearly consumption using numbers from the Fourth IMO GHG Study 2020. The IMO consumption estimates are based on voyage data for all ships and consists of yearly averages divided into ship types.
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