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Hempel’s Ballast Tank Coating Helps Coat Saipem’s Semi-submersible Crane Vessel

Published on 2017-01-20. Author : SpecialChem

Hempel has provided its ballast tank coating to Muehlhan Group, one of the world’s most experienced marine coatings application companies. The coating was used to re-coat the ballast tanks on the Saipem 7000 semi-submersible crane vessel

Re-coating Saipem 7000 Semi-submersible Crane Vessel

Tank Coating
Hempel’s Ballast Tank Coating Helps Coat Saipem’s
Semi-submersible Crane Vessel

Saipem provides advanced drilling and pipe-laying services to the oil and gas industry. Its state-of-the-art Saipem 7000 semi-submersible crane vessel has the capacity to handle the entire scope of offshore construction projects, from pipe-laying to heavy lifting. The vessel’s cutting-edge design includes a fast ballasting system, made up of 40 ballast tanks and 14 rapid ballast tanks.

When the vessel came out of service for routine maintenance in December 2015, the Muehlhan Group was contracted to re-coat the ballast tanks. The docking schedule was tight and winter temperatures were low, so the company chose the PSPC-approved Hempadur Quattro XO ballast tank coating.

Hempadur Quattro XO Ballast Tank Coating:


  • Provided very short re-coating intervals, even in temperatures as low as -10°C 
  • Enabled Muehlhan to coat 80,000m² in just 110 days

Guy Tanguy, General Manager at Muehlhan B.V., comments: “Throughout this unique project Hempadur Quattro XO 17870 has proven its excellent application characteristics. The re-coat intervals were very short, which made it possible to work around the clock and enabled us to finish coating the tanks within a very tight schedule.”

About Hempel

Following the success of the project, Muehlhan has chosen Hempel coatings for other work on the vessel, including coating a further 55,000m² in the ballast tanks and spot repairs on the vessel’s cranes.

Hempel is one of the world-leading coatings suppliers for the decorative, protective, marine, container and yacht markets. From wind turbines and bridges to hospitals, ships, power stations and homes, its coatings protect man-made structures from the corrosive forces of nature.

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Source: Hempel
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