Last year, major world-wide coatings supplier Hempel announced the launch of Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 in Canada, the US and Mexico. Responding to customer needs, this high performance two-component pure epoxy PSPC (Performance Standard for Protective Coatings) compliant coating has been developed for the marine newbuilding sector.

Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 was developed for water ballast tanks in new vessels, however it can also be used as a uni- primer for most vessel areas — above and below the waterline — providing high quality performance and peace of mind for customers.

Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 has been created specifically to suit the working methods of shipbuilders and so accommodates shorter re-coat intervals and reduces maintenance costs. Additionally, its higher (80%) volume solids ratio means fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released into the atmosphere, which is preferred in North America.

IMO (International Maritime Organization) requires the use of a PSPC certified coating for water ballast tanks. The launch of this new coating represents innovative pure epoxy technology that delivers the optimized performance demanded by Hempel’s customers.

Benefits of Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 include:

  • high quality pure epoxy technology offering superior crack resistance, edge retention, coating flexibility and impact resistance;
  • high efficiency for shipyards due to fast drying and year around applications from 14°F/–10°C to 104°F/40°C.
  • option to upgrade with aluminim pigmentation and proprietary fibre-reinforcement technology to enhance anti- corrosion properties and long-term durability with reduced maintenance expectations.


For the decision makers, the high quality and robustness of Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 provides simplicity and reduced maintenance costs.

Speaking of the launch, North America Marine Product Manager Tracey Wilson commented: “This innovative new coating has been developed in consultation with our customers to offer additional choice for the specific requirements of owners and yards. Hempadur Quattro XO 17820 has been in development for three years and builds on the wide success of our existing Hempadur Quattro epoxy coatings. Utilizing pure epoxy technology and in conjunction with aluminium pigmentation and our proprietary micro-fibre reinforcement technology, this coating will ensure exceptionally high protection at a competitive price.”

The launch in North America completes the global availability of Hempadur Quattro XO, which is now stocked in all major regions of the world.

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HEMPEL AND DNV GL CONTINUE CO-OPERATION TO EMBRACE NEW HULL & PROPELLER PERFORMANCE CRITERIA ISO 19030 ISO 19030, published in November last year by the International Organization for Standardization, defines a set of fully transparent methodologies to measure changes in hull and propeller performance.

As a leading coatings manufacturer, Hempel pioneered the performance guarantee based on achieving efficiency savings from maintaining a fouling-free and smooth hull. Therefore, Hempel warmly welcomes the introduction of this internationally recognized and accepted set of measurement standards.

Hempel is proud of its ongoing cooperative agreement with DNV GL which utilizes DNV GL’s ECO Insight solution to offer customers clear, comprehensible and verifiable analytics which track and assess hull and propeller performance. ISO 19030 will strengthen this arrangement, as Hempel’s Hull Performance Team Leader, Dr. Marcus Tullberg, explains: “The ISO 19030 provides a foundation and a transparent framework for vessel performance analysis. We expect to combine this standard with the more advanced hull and propeller performance methodologies delivered by ECO Insight to give even greater efficiency benefits to the world’s fleet”.

Endorsing the initiative, Dr.Torsten Bu¨ssow, Director of Fleet Performance Management at DNV GL – Maritime, says: “We value our collaboration with Hempel and welcome the opportunity to measure the actual performance of hull coatings using our ECO Insight solution. ECO Insight complies with the ISO 19030 standard, allows for more advanced analytics, and can therefore offer ship owners and operators a holistic overview of their hull coating’s efficiency.”

Hempel has been deeply involved with the development of ISO 19030. The key performance indicators of the standard will be used to quantify, amongst other variables, any degradation in hull and propeller efficiency of a specific vessel over a period of time.

Therefore, it is expected to become a useful tool to optimize the management of hulls and propellers for fuel efficiency – an initiative which Hempel and DNV GL have been working towards for many years.

Christian Ottosen, Hempel Group Vice President Marine, summarizes:“The new standard will have a positive impact on the maritime sector, allowing our customers to document and measure the contribution that premium coatings make on reducing a vessel’s operational costs through fuel savings. More advanced analytics, such as that delivered by Hempel together with DNV GL’s ECO Insight, will give our customers the opportunity to benchmark their fleet and further maximize their energy efficiency strategies”.

Hempel is proud to make a continued commitment to the maritime sector by taking an active role in industry changing initiatives such as ISO 19030 and by providing trusted and innovative hull coating solutions that enable its customers to achieve significant efficiency gains.


Since 1915 Hempel has been a world-leading coatings specialist, providing protection and inspiration to the world around us. Today it has over 5,500 people in 80 countries delivering trusted solutions in the protective, decorative, marine, container, industrial and yacht markets.

This includes many recognized brands like Crown Paints, Schaepman and Jones-Blair.

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