Anacortes, WA – Hempel, world-renowned leader in antifouling technology, announced that its innovative, high-performance, copper-free and biocide-free antifouling coatings Silic One and Hempaspeed Thin Film (TF) acrylic will be available for distribution in the state of Washington for the first time, through Hempel’s North American partner SeaWide Distribution and Essential Shipyard Industries.
Silic One, an industry-first, silicone-based bottom coating that incorporates Hempel’s unique Hydrogel technology, has been available in North America since the fall. Regulations in the state of Washington are more stringent than in other states and municipalities, with a law calling to phase out any substances or chemicals in antifouling paints and coatings used on recreational vessels that are proven to be unduly toxic to aquatic organisms. Essential Shipyard Industries is a Washington-based business, and an approved applicator of Silic One – which, as a copper- and biocide-free coating, far exceeds even the most restrictive regulations.
Hempaspeed TF is a high-performance, hard, biocide-free, thin-film coating, used as an antifouling for boats of fiberglass, steel and aluminum. Suitable for pleasure boats and racing/regatta boats, Hempaspeed TF is ideal for both fresh- and saltwater use.
“Washington State is a key market for us in North America, as it’s home to thousands of miles of coastline and several disparate marine economic sectors,” said Lacey Neahr, Category Director, SeaWide Marine. “As we move into this market, it’s incredibly important to us that we put our best foot forward from an environmental standpoint and harness local knowledge so that we can best respect current and future statewide regulations and guidance. Essential Shipyard Industries has been an incredible partner in this, and we are confident that Hempel’s Silic One and Hempaspeed thin-film acrylic not only adheres to the state’s guidelines, but blows them out of the water.”
“Hempel products are as close to a magic bullet as we can get when it comes to ecologically safe bottom coatings,” said Jason Knott, President, Essential Shipyard Industries. “Washington is very protective of its natural resources, as seen through the laws currently in place. While we feel more regulations are in the near future, we have Hempel products already available and proven, which gets us out in front of regulatory changes before they even happen. That’s why we recommend that all of our customers make the switch to Hempel.”
Hempel’s Hydrogel technology is unique and elevates it high above other antifouling products. These non-reactive polymers create an invisible barrier between the hull’s surface and the water, fooling marine life into believing that the hull is liquid and significantly reducing their attachment.
Hempel’s products produce zero run-off contamination or harmful build-up, while delivering outstanding performance. They also reduce drag and fuel consumption, making each vessel 5-7% more efficient on average, thus eliminating harmful emissions. They are even safer for applicators and emits less harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on application from its high solids formulation. Silic One and Hempaspeed can be used on nearly all materials and boat types, regardless of water type, ambient temperatures or geographical location. They can also be used on both brand-new boats and ones already coated with antifouling. Hempel products are the ideal choice for the aluminum commercial vessels, racing sailboats and long-range cruisers that ply the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
About SeaWide Distribution
Serving the marine industry since 1979, SeaWide Distribution, is a national wholesale distributor of outdoor products and accessories, boat systems, and consumer and marine electronics. As a division of LKQ Specialty, SeaWide is dedicated to providing its customers with an extensive inventory, high-quality service, and innovative marketing resources. Positioned as one of the largest wholesale marine aftermarket distributors in the U.S., SeaWide offers more than 50,000 products from over 300 suppliers. To learn more about SeaWide or to become a dealer, please visit SeaWide.com or call 1-866-732-9433.
As a world-leading supplier of trusted coating solutions, Hempel is a global company with strong values, working with customers in the yacht, marine, decorative, infrastructure and energy industries. Hempel factories, R&D centers and stock points are established in every region.
Across the globe, Hempel’s paints and coatings can be found in almost every country of the world. They protect and beautify buildings, infrastructure, and other assets, and play an essential role in our customers’ businesses. They help minimize maintenance costs, improve aesthetics and increase energy efficiency.
At Hempel, our purpose is to shape a brighter future with sustainable coating solutions. We firmly believe that we will succeed as a business only if we place sustainability at our heart. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also strengthen our competitive position, make ourselves more resilient and reduce our risk.
Hempel was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1915. It is proudly owned by the Hempel Foundation, which ensures a solid economic base for the Hempel Group and supports cultural, social, humanitarian, and scientific purposes around the world.
About Essential Shipyard Industries
Essential Shipyard, with prime San Juan Island locations in Friday Harbor, WA, and Anacortes, WA, stands as a beacon of excellence in the maritime industry. The shipyard has garnered a reputation for providing a comprehensive range of services, executed with unparalleled expertise and dedication to marine innovation. Essential Shipyard is synonymous with top-notch services that cater to the diverse needs of boat owners. The team excels in bottom painting, boat maintenance, repair, shrink wrapping and brokerage. Their commitment to excellence is reflected in every aspect of their work.
Essential Shipyard boasts a crew of dedicated professionals with extensive mechanical, electrical and yachting experience. Their many decades of collective expertise ensures that every project, from routine maintenance to complex repairs, is handled with precision and care. The crew is committed to upholding the highest standards of craftsmanship, making Essential Shipyard a trusted partner for boat owners seeking top-tier services.