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Hapag-Lloyd has again chosen coatings from International Paint, this time for the ‘Hamburg Express’, the first of a new class of 10 container ship newbuilds from Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.
At 13,200 Twenty Food Equivalent Unit (TEU) the ‘Hamburg Express’ is Hapag-Lloyd’s largest ship to date. All 10 units in the ‘Hamburg Express’ class are designed to support Hapag-Lloyd’s commitment to efficiency and sustainability by setting the very highest performance and environmental standards, reducing fuel consumption and emissions thanks to innovative on-board technology.
The ‘Hamburg Express’ will sail Loop 4 of the G6 Alliance, starting in Hamburg and calling at the ports of Rotterdam, Singapore, Yantian, Ningbo and Shanghai before returning via Yantian, Singapore and Southampton.
Loop 4 can be an aggressive trading route and the selection of fouling control technology is of critical importance. Hapag-Lloyd has chosen Intersmooth 7460/7465HS SPC, IP’s highest performing biocidal antifouling and a true, pure hydrolysing self-polishing copolymer especially designed for deep sea vessels. The product features high volume solids and low VOCs for an enhanced environmental profile.
The Intersmooth name has been the shipping industry’s first choice for fouling control since 1974 and is the most widely recognised antifouling brand in the industry with a total track record of more than 34,000 ships.
For the topsides area of more than 13,000m2, Interfine 878, a high volume solids polysiloxane cosmetic finish, has been chosen to deliver excellent durability with long term gloss and colour retention for extended drydock intervals.