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The performance of Hempel’s silicone-based hull coating solution, Hempaguard X7, and its ability to accelerate decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry are now third-party validated by DNV.

Hempaguard X7 is a high solids, advanced fouling defense coating based on ActiGuard technology which utilizes the added effect of advanced hydrogel silicone and an efficient fouling preventing biocide. This boosts the antifouling barrier and prolongs the fouling free period.

A fusion of biocide and hydrogel technologies, ActiGuard offers control of biocide-release from silicone coatings, as well as efficient utilization of the biocide content.


Since its launch in 2013, Hempaguard has provided vessels around the world with significant energy efficiency compared to the industry average and contributed to substantial reductions in carbon emissions. With this external validation by DNV, Hempel is now better able to demonstrate the value of Hempaguard to its customers.

DNV’s verification objectively confirms Hempaguard’s outstanding performance when it comes to the reduction of CO2e emissions from the maritime industry. In addition, fuel savings of up to 20% and average speed loss of 1.4% have been validated by the third party.

Our customers’ demand for Hempaguard clearly confirms the impact of this premium anti-fouling solution, and we recently passed yet another significant milestone: over 4000 applications worldwide with Hempaguard, equivalent to taking approximately 5,125,978 cars off the roads in saved CO2e emissions.

—Alexander Enström, Executive Vice President and Head of Marine at Hempel A/S


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