Penguin Arrow, Gearbulk

China, 2015

Penguin Arrow was the first ship protected with Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) in China 2015.

After 5 years in service she had 0.5% speed loss which enabled an estimated fuel saving of USD 1.5 million and estimated CO₂ reduction of 12,055 tons. Due to this fantastic performance, Penguin Arrow was protected with HPS again.

  • Owner: Gearbulk Holding AG
  • Yard: Chengxi Shipyard
  • Vessel type: Timber carrier
  • Dimensions: Length 199.7 m, Breadth 32.2 m
  • Coatings: Jotamastic 90, Hardtop AX, SeaQuantum X200

Easy to get a great result with Hardtop AX without sagging, which is normal with other polyurethanes. Also pleased to see that Hardtop AX provided full coverage in one coat and a consistent, smooth finish.

M.A.I.K. Shaju, Technical Superintendent, Gearbulk Shipping Singapore Pte. Ltd.
The timber carrier Penguin Arrow being coated with Jotun's Hardtop AX The timber carrier Penguin Arrow in drydock
Hardtop AX provides full opacity in one coat by roller application. Perfect, uniform gloss on topside.
The timber carrier Penguin Arrow in drydock The timber carrier Penguin Arrow in drydock
Drydock inspection by coating advisors from Jotun. Coating application successfully completed in drydock.

Coatings with long-lasting performance were chosen:

Underwater hull

  • Jotamastic 90 was applied in order to provide long-lasting anticorrosive protection. Jotamastic 90 is exceptionally well suited for drydock application as it is fast dry-to-recoat and allows for safe application even in challenging and shifting climate.
  • SeaQuantum X200 - as part of Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) - was used in order to provide fouling protection. HPS has been very successful since its launch in 2011 by delivering transparent and guaranteed performance of <1.5% speed loss on average over a 60-month period. LNG carriers are particularly suited to HPS due to their activity profile which is often characterised by high speed and activity.


  • Hardtop AX was selected to provide a long-lasting attractive cosmetic finish. LNG carriers' owners and operators are particularly interested in cosmetic appearance, and this product is able to deliver that. Hardtop AX was launched in 2014 and has developed an enviable reputation for quality; robust finish easily achieved by a hassle free application.

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