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Hempel Helps Reduce Fuel Consumption on Lemisoller’s Supramax Bulk Carriers with its Coatings

Published on 2016-02-15. Author : SpecialChem

The combination of Dynamic antifouling and an advanced hull and propeller design has proven to reduce fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions on Lemisoller’s supramax bulk carriers by 7 per cent.

Fig. 1: Hempel

Lemissoller is a diversified shipping group based in Cyprus, and it is strongly committed to reducing its impact on the environment. When the company commissioned eight newbuild supramax bulk carriers, it was keen to do as much as possible to optimize fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions.

The new vessels’ design lines and propeller technology were designed for fuel efficiency, but Lemissoller needed a reliable high-performance antifouling hull coating to complete the puzzle. After close consultation with Hempel’s Technical Service team, the company chose Dynamic.

Fuel savings proven in the South China Sea

Before taking over the vessels, Lemisoller ran sea trials on four vessels in the South China Sea.

The vessels’ expected fuel consumption was 24.7 megatons per day at 14.2 knots. But, this calculation was based on a standard antifouling coating and propeller design.

Due to the combination of Dynamic and the advanced hull and propeller design, all four vessels recorded average fuel consumption under different loads of 23 megatons a day at 14.2 knots during the trials – a 7 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and associated emissions.

Dimitris Solomonides, Technical Manager at Lemissoller Group, comments. “We are pleased to report that Hempel’s Dynamic antifouling hull coating offers significant fuel savings compared to conventional antifoulings. Together with the new vessels’ design and lines, as well as the propeller, Dynamic contributes to favorable results in sea trials.”

About Dynamic

Dynamic antifouling hull coatings have proven over many years to deliver reliable performance and a high return on investment. Based on advanced silylated acrylate technology, Dynamic coatings deliver exceptionally low leach layers and best-in-class biocides to ensure high performance across the entire service interval. The Dynamic range includes a number of products with different polishing rates. They can be specified for a wide range of vessels and for service intervals up to 90 months.

About Lemissoller

The group is based in Limassol, Cyprus and is represented through a dispersed network of offices in strategically placed countries allowing Lemissoler to be as physically close to its clients as possible. Lemissoler takes excellent care in assuring that the entire shipping processes are done with professionalism and with a high degree of respect for the policies and safety measures put in place to protect the environment.

About Hempel Group

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

Source: Hempel Group

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