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Hull coating

The impactful way to decarbonisation
High-performance hull coating is one of the single most impactful ways to improve the energy efficiency of a vessel – and one of the simplest and fastest ways to maintain a good CII rating as well as increase the reference speed for the purpose of EEXI.

Explore the energy efficiency benefits of high-performance hull coating and its ability to create competitive advantages for both shipowners and operators.

Get a vessel-specific assessment of the impact of hull coating

Book a demo and we will provide you with a vessel-specific assessment of the impact of a high-performance hull coating upgrade on your ships, including a total cost of ownership and ROI analysis and the effect on CII and EEXI.

Significant fuel savings

Hull coating is an impactful way to lower the fuel consumption of any vessel. With the Hempaguard range of high-performance hull coatings you will be able to lower your fuel consumption with 7-10% compared to top-tier antifouling coatings and up to 20% compared to average antifouling coatings.

Fast ROI

A high-performance hull coating upgrade is among the most attractive energy efficiency technologies available. It’s an efficiency-improving investment with one of the absolute shortest payback periods possible. Everything included – from paint cost over shipyard rent to the opportunity cost of not having your vessel hired out – your investment will be paid back in less than a year, sometimes even down to as little as 5-6 months.

Proven solution

High-performance hull coating is a proven, of-the-shelf technology. The Hempaguard range of hull coatings has been applied to more than 3.000 vessels around the world since 2008. The effect is proved in both towing tanks tests and real-life applications on all kinds of vessels in all kinds of conditions, in both artic and tropical waters.

Immediate impact on CII and EEXI

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Vessel specific example - CII


The immediate out-of-dock power gain resulting from the coating, as well as the minimised over-the-years speed-loss until next dry-docking, will make you reach up to 20 per cent CII improvement compared to average antifouling coatings – and 7-10 per cent improvement compared to top-tier coatings when applying the Hempaguard X7 high-performance silicone solution.

Bulk carrier vessel
CII rating with coating effect based on CII Reference: 2.6

Vessel specific example - EEXI


Due to the immediate out-of-dock power gain coming from the extreme smoothness after the application of the Hempaguard hull coating, you can compensate for the Engine Power Limitation (EPL) taken to reach the required EEXI – resulting in a 2-3% increase in the vessel’s reference speed (Vref).

Impact of Hempaguard X7 on EEXI: Increase reference speed by 2%


The leading high-performance hull coating solution
The Hempaguard range of high-performance hull coatings is the only solution on the market that offers you the unique silicone-hydrogel Actiguard technology. This technology results in an exceptional low hull roughness an a very long-lasting antifouling effect. It not only leads to an immediate speed increase, resulting in fuel savings of up to 8 per cent right out of dry dock, it also ensures you a very low average speed loss down to 1.2 per cent in the years to come – even if your vessel undergoes extensive idle periods, changes trading patterns or steams slowly.

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Learn more about the energy efficiency and competitive advantages of a Hempaguard® high-performance hull coating.

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Debunking myths about silicone coatings

Silicone coatings come with many myths and misconceptions. Can you distinguish between fact and fiction? Download our paper "Debunking myths about high-performance silicone coatings" and uncover the truth.

Video: Watch how Dorian LPG benefits from Hempaguard

Learn how Dorian, a major operator of gas carriers, improved their fleet's efficiency and reduced emissions with Hempaguard, Hempel's advanced silicone coating.

On demand webinar: Navigating Energy Efficiency Dilemmas

Discover how you as shipowners and operators can make more educated decision on the optimal choice for energy efficiency measures.

Video: How Campbell Shipping painted their way to energy efficiency

Find out how Hempaguard helps ship owners to optimise energy efficiency and enhance attractiveness of their fleet.

Hempaguard. Evidence of performance gains report

Get behind the evidence of how Hempaguard increases speed and lowers fuel consumption in this in-depth yet easy to understand report.

Case: Fuel and carbon emissions savings for Vroon tanker fleet

Learn about the considerations when Vroon was looking for solutions to ensure maximum fuel and emissions savings for their slow steaming high-heat tankers – and chose Hempaguard MaX hull coating.

Case: Supra- and ultramax bulk carriers ensure long-term fuel savings

See how Norwegian based Spar Shipping used high-performance hull coating to increase energy efficiency and improve customer service and environmental performance.

Total cost of ownership and ROI analysis

Experience how a hull coating upgrade can lead to an annual saving of more than 500,000 USD with the initial investment paid back in only 9 months.
Discover Hempel's decision-making framework designed to guide choices regarding hull coatings and other strategies for managing biofouling and conserving energy.

How to ensure a high-performance result

Get behind the scenes of how we optimize the coating applications process and ensure you a long-lasting, low-friction hull with outstanding speed improvements and fuel savings.

Whitepaper: Navigating energy efficiency dilemmas in a decarbonisation era 

Discover Hempel's decision-making framework designed to guide choices regarding hull coatings and other strategies for managing biofouling and conserving energy.

Book Impact Assessment

Get a vessel-specific impact assessment of high-performance hull coating upgrade on your fleet. The assessment will quantify the total cost of ownership and return on investment, including the effect on CII and EEXI.