Hempel launches new hull performance system

Hempel launches new hull performance system

Coatings specialist, Hempel, has today launched its new Systems for Hull and Propeller Efficiency (SHAPE) platform, combining elements of hull and propeller efficiency optimisation to give expert advice and solutions to shipowners and operators.

SHAPE is a system that is designed to increase fuel savings and operational efficiency by analysing the performance of hull and propeller solutions, dry-dockings, and in-service hull and propeller maintenance. The system is based on the ISO 19030 standard in performance monitoring, which requires measuring changes in ship specific hull and propeller performance. The standard defines a set of relevant performance indicators for hull and propeller maintenance, and repair activities.

Hull and propeller fouling is one of the largest contributors to operational inefficiency. According to Hempel, fouling and mechanical damages on the hull can increase the engine power required by a vessel by up to 20%. This results in fuel waste and inefficient operations.

Hempel’s SHAPE provides a tailored performance monitoring programme for each vessel, following the ISO 19030 methodology, with a dedicated performance analyst. Users also benefit from expert data interpretation and advice from Hempel’s team of chemists, physicists and hydrodynamicists. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are generated based on speed loss measurements to track performance gains over time. SHAPE also gives monitored and guaranteed speed loss, directly related to fuel savings, applicable for hull coatings specified for up to 60 months dry-docking intervals.

SHAPE monitors long-term trends via in-service performance KPIs, as well as short-term trends through maintenance trigger KPIs. According to Hempel, only 15% of the world’s fleet can meet the requirements of ISO 19030 part 2.

Andreas Glud, Group Segment Manager, Marine, Dry Dock, says: “Hull performance remains a crucial element in understanding fuel performance. At Hempel, we started focusing on fuel performance over a decade ago when we launched the first fuel savings guarantees in the industry. Our new Hempel SHAPE system allows us to gather high quality data, provide expert analysis, deliver decisive advice and world class hull coatings irrespective of the type, age, size and the operating patterns of a vessel – making ship operators more efficient and competitive. We are presenting our customers with something beyond performance monitoring, we are offering fuel efficiency intelligence.”