10 years of savings with silicone coatings

Euronav, one of the world’s leading independent tanker companies engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil, was looking to improve its environmental performance by reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

We recommended that the company switch to our silicone hull coatings, which create and maintain higher out-of-dock smoothness while also limiting the amount of biocide released into the marine environment. Ten years later, Euronav has expanded its use of our silicone hull coatings to more vessels – with excellent results.

The solution

In 2007, at the first drydocking after newbuilding, Euronav coated its VPlus Ultra Large Crude Carrier TI Europe with Hempasil, our first-generation silicone hull coating. Six years later, the 440,000 DWT vessel was applied with Hempasil X3, our award-winning second-generation silicone fouling release coating. Now, TI Europe is sailing with our ground-breaking Hempaguard X7.

Hempaguard is the only hull coating on the market to combine the low surface friction of silicone with efficient fouling preventing biocides. Thanks to this unique formulation, it delivers average fuel savings of 6 per cent over the entire docking interval compared to best-in-class antifoulings, while releasing 95 per cent less biocide. Also, unlike regular hull coatings, Hempaguard retains effectiveness when switching between slow and fast steaming or during long idle periods.

This has helped Euronav significantly reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and also means that Euronav’s vessels can change sailing routes and trading patterns without losing performance.

See it on film

TI Europe was coated with Hempaguard X7 at the Yiu Lian dockyard in China. Here you can the entire coating process in 3 minutes.


About Hempel

As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the decorative, marine, infrastructure and energy industries. Hempel factories, R&D centres and stock points are established in every region.

Across the globe, Hempel’s paints and coatings can be found in almost every country of the world. They protect and beautify buildings, infrastructure and other assets, and play an essential role in our customers’ businesses. They help minimise maintenance costs, improve aesthetics and increase energy efficiency.

At Hempel, our purpose is to shape a brighter future with sustainable coating solutions. We firmly believe that we will succeed as a business only if we place sustainability at our heart. Not only is it the right thing to do, it will strengthen our competitive position, make ourselves more resilient and reduce our risk.

Hempel was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1915. It is proudly owned by the Hempel Foundation, which ensures a solid economic base for the Hempel Group and supports cultural, social, humanitarian and scientific purposes around the world.