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DNV GL and Hempel cooperate on performance analytics

Written by Nick Blenkey
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At Marintec China trade fair, Hempel and DNV GL signed an agreement to cooperate for measurable fleet performance improvement (left to right): Claes Skat Roerdam, Fouling Control Marketing Manager at Hempel, Christian Ottosen, Group Vice President Marine Marketing at Hempel, Tor E. Svensen, DNV GL Group Executive Vice President, and Vincent Li, General Manager Maritime Advisory Greater China at DNV GL

The agreement is based on the use of DNV GL's ECO Insight portal.

Torsten Büssow, Head of Fleet Performance Management at DNV GL, says that ECO Insight's state of the art hull degradation analytics will not give Hempel customers transparent and verified data with only a few simple measurement inputs while giving Hempel access to advanced analytics for the further optimization of its coatings.

"We've already seen the benefits our customers have gained from having real fleet performance analytics easily available – especially in the area of hull and propeller performance – and we'd like to welcome Hempel customers to the ECO Insight family," says Mr. Büssow.

The potential for improvements in hull and propeller performance on the energy efficiency of vessels is significant, with estimates of potential savings in the range of ten percent in terms of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions savings.

ECO Insight can offer better performance baselines and demonstrate a more explicit relationship between hull and propeller performance and the actual fuel consumed. This allows customers who have invested in Hempel's coatings the ability to better quantify the value of their investment.

"At Hempel we place great importance in being close to our customers and providing the best individual service," says Christian Ottosen, Group Vice President Marine Marketing, Hempel. "With the data analyzed by DNV GL, we will be able to optimize our customers' fuel performance, improving hull performance matching specifications precisely to individual needs and trade, dry dock intervals and technical service in dock. This will benefit our customers and support their businesses being more efficient in their operations. So far, we have been very pleased to cooperate with DNV GL, and we look forward to working even more closely with their staff from now on."

With one of the most sophisticated analysis methodologies for hull and propeller performance on the market, ECO Insight uses advanced normalization algorithms to increase the accuracy of its analysis and is able to benchmark a vessel's performance relative to other similar vessels. Additionally, by tapping into additional ship specific data (beyond what is used to calculate performance) ECO Insight's analytics can be used to further customize paint specifications up front and to proactively manage performance once the ship enters service.

DECEMBER 2, 2015 – Against the backdrop of the Marintec trade show in Shanghai, China, coatings manufacturer Hempel and DNV GL today signed an agreement to work together to bring customers clear, comprehensible and verifiable analytics to track and assess hull and propeller performance, for reduced fuel costs and a smaller environmental impact.

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