Hempel Extends Range
Globic: Designed as a highly efficient, TBT-free, self-polishing and self-smoothening antifouling with very high volume solids, which can be specified for up to 60 months. Globic is available in four different polishing rates ensuring optimum specification.
Oceanic: Designed to be a cost-effective, TBT-free, self-polishing antifouling with high volume solids, which can be specified for up to 36 months on vertical bottoms and 60 months on flat bottoms. Oceanic is available in two different polishing rates.
Olympic: Designed as an economical, TBT-free, self-polishing antifouling, which can be specified for up to 36 months.
Development of the new products began with Globic in 1990 and was already then based on more than a decade of research into TBT-free antifoulings. The Globic brand was launched as a commercial product line in the beginning of 2000, and the portfolio incorporates a unique use of fibers in the paint. According to the manufacturer, it is the first time micro fibers have been incorporated successfully in self-polishing paints. In combination with the binder system, the fibers form a three-dimensional structure that provides an extremely strong and flexible paint film while maintaining the polishing and smoothening properties of a self-polishing, antifouling paint. Based on the expertise obtained during the development of Globic, Hempel has successfully formulated Oceanic and Olympic with ingredients that are relatively inexpensive. Together, with Globic, these products cover all requirements in terms of price and performance.
Our share of the bulk carrier market is increasing as we see more and owners realize the value of having an effective antifouling. Paints for the future is expected to be silicone Fouling Release products i.e. like Hempasil. These coatings are biocide-free and release the fouling organisms due to an extreme smooth surface. It is at this stage hard to see if this type of paint will be suited for the majority of the bulk carrier market since a certain speed (normally min. 15 knots) and activity (normally min. 75 percent) is required.