MARCH 11, 2015 — Coatings manufacturer Hempel today launched Hempadur Quattro XO – a high performance range of pure epoxy PSPC (IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings) compliant coatings for marine newbuildings.
IMO requires the use of a PSPC certified coating for water ballast tanks and Hempel says its new range represents the latest state-of-the-art in pure epoxy technology, delivering optimized performance based on customer requirements.
Although specifically developed for ballast water tanks in new vessels, the new coating can also be used as a uni-primer for most vessel areas – above and below the waterline.
Hempadur Quattro XO offers:
- State of the art high quality pure epoxy technology
- High efficiency for shipyards due to fast drying and year around applications from -10C to +40C
- Option to upgrade with aluminum pigmentation and proprietary fiber reinforcement technology to enhance anti-corrosion properties and long-term durability with reduced maintenance expectations.
With customer requirements in mind, Hempadur Quattro XO consists of a range of coatings to suit different shipyard working methods and VOC requirements. Longer re-coat intervals are required in Korea and Europe whereas shorter intervals have been adopted in China and the Americas. Similarly, Korea and the U.S. prefer 80% volume solids whilst Chinese shipbuilders mainly work with 60-70%.
"This new product range has been in development for three years and builds on the wide success of our existing Hempadur Quattro family of epoxy coatings," says product manager Roger Chen. "Making use of the state-of-the-art pure epoxy technology and providing opportunity to reinforce performance with aluminum pigmentation and proprietary micro-fiber reinforcement technology ensures exceptionally high protection at a reasonable price. We have listened carefully to our customers and produced the new XO coating to tie in with their specific requirements."