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Cargo Holds

Hempel’s pure epoxy coatings rely on proven technology to meet the increasingly harsh demands placed on cargo holds today. They are ideal for lowering maintenance costs and reducing loading times.

Tough environments need tough protection
Cargo holds are subject to very harsh conditions. Loading and carrying dry cargoes can lead to abrasion, impact and mechanical damage.

To further add to the pressures on cargo holds, certain cargoes bring significant thermal and chemical challenges.

In addition, a number of ports are introducing high-speed loading techniques, which add to the danger of ‘shooting’ damage.

Why coatings are so important
If the cargo hold coating becomes degraded or damaged, the exposed steel starts to corrode. This process, which has implications for safety and profitability, can be particularly pronounced when the cargo is moist; coal for example.

Choose the right coating
Different coatings suit different vessels and cargos. When choosing a coating, it’s important explore the quality of performance claims and consider these criteria too:

  • Application flexibility
    A wide application window is critical. The coatings in our assortment can be applied all year round in hot, cold and humid climates. And they cure fast. This flexibility translates into lower maintenance costs.
  • Resistance to corrosion and abrasion
    The more durable your coating, the better you can look after your cargo and vessel. Characterised by excellent surface tolerance and flexibility, the coatings we offer maximise protection and minimise maintenance costs.
  • Ease of cleaning
    The faster you can clean your cargo holds, the quicker you can load-up and get out to sea again. Designed with this in mind, our cargo holds are very smooth.
  • Certifications
    To meet the various standards, you need coatings with the right certificates. We offer coatings that are certified for Grain and FDA for food grade cargoes.
  • Environmental impact
    Impact on the environment is a hot topic across the world – for individuals and companies - and shipping is no exception. All our coatings are VOC compliant below the 250-grams/litre limit.


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