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Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC) says it is making a
significant introduction to the maritime tanker transport
market with a new coating, MarineLine X at Kormarine.
This breakthrough offers versatile, effective solutions for
product and oil tanker carriers trading in clean petroleum products
(CPP), bio fuels, vegetable oils, crude oil and dirty petroleum
products (DPP), wine carriers, FPSOs, FOSFA cargoes, and all
tankers carrying IBC Chapter 18 cargoes, the company claims.
The MarineLine 784 brand is already well-known in the chemical
tanker market, and is the preferred tank lining for handling aggressive
chemical cargoes. MarineLine 784 uses a forced hot air heat cure to
form one of the strongest bonds in chemistry, and is currently in
service on more than 300 chemical tankers worldwide.
Based on this success, Donald J. Keehan, APC Chairman,
explains, "Using our knowledge of marine tank coatings, we
studied the product and oil tanker markets for years, developing a
tank lining for their specific needs, which are different than for
chemical tankers. MarineLine X offers better coatings performance
and versatility for product and oil tankers than conventional
phenol epoxy or zinc silicate linings, which have limitations. We
formulated MarineLine X to outperform those coatings, first
providing application cost savings using a non-forced hot air heat
cure approach, yet still maintaining the coating's performance
features for easy cleaning and excellent cargo resistance. This
means MarineLine X is comparable in cost to current coatings on
the market, but performs much better."
MarineLine X only requires a two-coat system, compared to three
coatings for phenol epoxy. This eliminates extra days for drying and
additional spray application costs, resulting in savings for the
shipowner. MarineLine X has a very smooth, low energy surface.
Once cargoes are discharged, tanks are quickly and easily cleaned,
and dried with minimal effort. This is especially noteworthy when
switching from dirty to clean cargoes as the ship owner/operator
incurs heavy cleaning costs. APC estimates cleanings savings for a
45,000DWT product tanker with 20 cargo tanks, switching from
dirty to clean products, can be up to US$80,000 per cleaning versus
phenol epoxy coatings. The savings can be tremendous when
calculated against frequent cargo changes.
MarineLine X also has inherently greater chemical resistance
than phenolic epoxy coatings that absorb cargoes due to
hydrolysis, or zinc silicate coatings that also have absorption
problems by retaining oil-like cargoes, and which are difficult to
clean. MarineLine X is formulated with patented high performance
polymers that cross-link together to form a hard, tightly knit
structure that ensures consistent cargo purity. In addition,
MarineLine X is resistant to acidified moisture (Sulphuric acid) of
wet inert gas systems that corrodes conventional tank coatings, a
key concern to operators of oil tankers.
Versatility is a key strength of MarineLine X, APC claims. Due to
the coating's easy and fast cleanability and resistance to a wide
range of cargoes, the shipowner/operator can easily switch carrying
a range of profitable cargoes from port to port.
For further information contact:
Advanced Polymer Coatings (APC), USA.
New MarineLine X from APC is a breakthrough coating for product and oil tankers
A MarineLine X coated tank
ShipConstructor Software (SSI) has announced that it is
expanding its presence in Korea, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
and Pakistan with the appointment of new dealers, Nova
Solution Corporation and Harsha Marine Designers.
In spite of the current recession, ShipConstructor continues to
"Korea is the leader in shipbuilding production while the countries
of South Asia are emerging players," says Michael Viala, Sales and
Marketing Manager for SSI. "We see growth potential in these markets
for our shipbuilding software solutions. We are excited to be
represented by such knowledgeable and experienced dealers."
Harsha Marine Designers (www.vizagmarine.com) will be the
ShipConstructor dealer in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and
Pakistan. The company is headed by Dr Krishna Rao Adigopula.
ShipConstructor's Korean dealer, Nova Solution Corporation
(www.novasolution.kr), is run by Mr Ki-Jin Kim, an authority in his
country on the subject of Product Lifecycle Management and
Computer Aided Drafting for the shipbuilding and offshore
For further information contact:
ShipConstructor Software, Canada. Web: www.shipconstructor.com
ShipConstructor in Korea and South Asia
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