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Hempaguard® delivers significant fuel savings for U.N. Ro-Ro

U.N. Ro-Ro is the fourth largest freight Ro-Ro operator in Europe. Like other shipping companies, U.N. Ro-Ro’s largest operating expense is fuel, and the company is continually looking to reduce fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions.

The challenge

When fouling organisms, such as barnacles and biological slime, attach to a vessel’s hull, the extra drag they create means additional fuel is needed to move the vessel. As part of its fuel-saving project, U.N. Ro-Ro approached a number of coating companies and asked them to supply a hull coating that would keep fouling at bay.

The solution

After assessing the different options, U.N. Ro-Ro applied Hempaguard X7 to three Ro-Ro vessels between September 2013 and August 2014. As a result, fuel consumption on all three vessels decreased significantly, and the hulls were free of fouling when the vessels returned to dock in 2016.

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