Hempel launches new antifouling coatings – Globic 9500 series – delivering outstanding return on investment and flexibility

Hempel, a global coatings manufacturer, is launching two new premium antifouling coatings, Globic 9500M and Globic 9500S. The coatings offer customers a potential 2.5% reduction in speed loss. This equates to significant fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions improving the operational efficiency of a vessel and minimizing the operator’s environmental footprint.

This next generation coating builds on Hempel’s proven Globic technology to deliver superior antifouling performance for new ships and structures.

This next generation coating series builds on Hempel’s proven Globic technology to deliver superior antifouling performance for new buildings and dry-dockings, delivering an outstanding return on investment and flexibility from outfitting through the entire docking interval.

The strength behind
Hempel’s patented Nano acrylate technology is the strength behind the Globic range and provides a fine polishing control mechanism to bring the integral biocides to the surface at a stable rate ensuring a clean hull. By combining the strongest binder and biocide package for premium performance at different trading speeds, Globic 9500M and Globic 9500S outperform other self-polishing coatings (SPC) particularly when slow steaming.

“Globic 9500M (M for maintenance) is designed to protect against slime as well as soft and hard fouling in all conditions,” said Henrik Dyrholm, Global Product Manager, Hempel A/S. “Globic 9500S (S for static) is designed to protect against hard-fouling even during extended outfitting periods. Together these two coatings deliver unparalleled anti-fouling protection offering our customers improved operational efficiency, flexibility and a high return on investment.”

“Our Globic range has been well received in the market and since its launch in 2005, over 25 million liters have been delivered worldwide with more than 5,000 vessel applications achieved. Our new coating series is the next step in high-performance antifouling protection”.

Additionally, the patented microfibers incorporated in the paint give Globic 9500M and Globic 9500S a best in class mechanical strength to avoid cracking and peeling. Globic’s unique technology allows it to start working as soon as the hull meets the water for full and immediate antifouling protection, making it highly efficient even for slow steaming and long idle periods.

Globic 9500 Series at a glance

  • Lasting protection against all kinds of fouling – designed for 60+ months docking intervals
  • Suitable for all vessels at all speeds
  • Incorporates proven patented Nano acrylate technology
  • Patented microfibers for best-in-class mechanical strength to avoid cracking and peeling
  • Outperforms other SPC, particularly during slow steaming
  • Excellent color stability

Nano acrylate technology

The new coatings incorporate specially designed water-activated Nano acrylate technology that uses nanocapsules to control polishing. When seawater comes into contact with the nanocapsules, it penetrates the hydrophobic outer shell. The hydrophilic inner core chemically hydrolyzes and then expands which breaks through the outer shell, enabling controlled polishing. Consistent self-polishing and a constantly thin leach layer ensure uniform biocide release over the entire docking interval. Unlike other premium antifouling technologies, Nano acrylate technology provides immediate antifouling protection without the need for water friction.

Special microfibres reinforce the binder, providing a skeleton effect that gives the coating enhanced mechanical strength and makes it more resistant to cracking.

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