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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 

In line with ro-ro and ro-pax operator DFDS' aim to reduce emissions by 45% from 2008 to 2030 through upgrades to existing vessels, the company has applied a new hull coating on four of its new Jinling-built vessels which is expected to reduce annual C02 emissions by 10,000t.

Recently, the four vessels, Troy, Ephesus, Hollandia and Humbria Seaways, were docked to rectify issues with underwater parts. DFDS decided to use this opportunity to invest about €2m to upgrade the hull coating to a high performance low-resistance coating. The operator has a fleet-wide agreement with Hempel, and the vessels were upgraded to the silicon-based Hempaguard X7.

DFDS VP Technical Organisation Thomas Mørk said: “This paint will reduce water resistance and enable us to use less fuel. It gives the vessels a smooth surface below the waterline, so they glide like dolphins in the water. This simple but effective improvement is expected to reduce emissions on these four ships by about 4-6%, or 10,000t of CO2 per year.”

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