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Just two years after completing the first performance standard
for protective coatings (PSPC) gap analysis in a Chinese
shipyard, Lloyd's Register and International Paint have
announced the completion of the one hundredth analysis in
STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire.
Conducted over a two-day period by personnel from Lloyd's
Register, International Paint and STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire,
the PSPC gap analysis assesses current shipyard coating practices
against PSPC requirements. Lloyd's Register and International Paint
then jointly deliver a presentation to shipyard senior management
and departmental managers. The presentation to all functions is a
key aspect of the analysis and is specifically designed to help the
shipyard understand that in order to meet the requirements of the
PSPC and maximise shipbuilding efficiency, all departments, such
as design, procurement, quality, steelwork, outfitting and
production, need to be involved -- not just the paint department.
Mrs Liberette Foubert, System Engineer, Painting Industrial
Department of STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire said, "We're very
pleased to have been part of this significant milestone. For us, this
gap analysis has been very useful and has helped structure our
current works practices and improve inter departmental
communication. We're confident that proven compliance with the
requirements of the IMO PSPC will improve our business
capabilities, competitiveness and future opportunities."
Mr Bill Cramman, Senior Coatings Specialist for Lloyd's Register
said, "The gap analysis surveys that Lloyds Register and
International Paint have delivered for newbuilding shipyards in
China and in 55 shipyards in Europe have contributed significantly
to the future success of our clients' businesses, an improvement in
shipping safety worldwide and in meeting our own, Lloyd's
Register, objectives of leadership in developing robust services that
reflect our service culture."
By the time of the follow up visit to STX France Cruise, Saint-
Nazaire on June 17, 2009, the shipyard, clearly demonstrating its
commitment to the IMO PSPC, had already implemented the
changes recommended in the gap analysis presentation and was
awarded a Lloyd's Register and International Paint PSPC Certificate
to commemorate the one hundredth gap analysis.
Mr Mike Hindmarsh, Business Development Manager,
International Paint said, "We're particularly pleased to present this
certificate as we believe it both confirms STX as a world class facility
and demonstrates, through our activities with Lloyd's Register, that
working together and learning from each other can have a positive
impact on ship building efficiency, quality and safety".
With gap analyses completed in China and Europe, plans are
now developing to begin work in the Americas.
Meanwhile, International Paint's ongoing programme of
investment in research and development continues with the
building of a new, worldwide product development laboratory in
Singapore. Planned to open early in 2010, the new laboratory will
focus on the development of the next generation antifouling and
foul release technology.
The new laboratory will be a key part of International Paint's
global marine network of R and D centres and builds upon the
success of the existing worldwide product development
laboratories in the UK and Korea and the existing regional product
development laboratories in Houston, Bangalore, Shanghai, Geoje,
Singapore and Felling.
Initially the new laboratory will employ up to 20 scientists with
the capacity for future expansion.
Singapore is a major shipping centre with extensive dry
docking, anchorage and port facilities and this exciting
development will allow a closer link between laboratory testing
and practical antifouling performance on ships. This together with
the severe year round fouling challenge in the Singapore coastal
waters will significantly improve new product development.
"The Antifouling market is as dynamic as it has ever been,"
stated Mike Hindmarsh, Biocidal Antifouling Business
Development Manager, "with customer expectations and
legislative pressure pushing the very limits of what coating
companies can deliver in a highly competitive market. Being
ideally positioned in the heart of the marine community will
enable us to more than meet industry demands."
Design work on the new laboratory is almost complete and
construction work will reportedly begin soon. The laboratory will be
staffed by a mixture of local Singaporean and expatriate scientists.
For further information contact:
International Paint, UK. Web: www.international-marine.com/
PSPC initiative completes one hundredth gap analysis
Presentation of a Lloyd's Register and International Paint PSPC Certificate to
STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire
In March the application of Ecospeed started on what is stated
to be the largest Ro-Pax ferry in the world. Owner Stena Line
has a modern fleet of 35 vessels and Europe's most
comprehensive network with 18 ferry routes in Scandinavia
and around the UK.
After thorough research into the Ecospeed ship hull performance
technology, Stena Line opted for a full Ecospeed maintenance
contract, consisting of the initial application and subsequent
regular maintenance to keep the hull in optimum condition.
The first of the two main factors in this decision was the fact
that Ecospeed is 100 percent environmentally safe and thus fits
perfectly with Stena Line's own ecological beliefs. The company
works actively towards avoiding damage to the environment and
land. Whenever new operations are being planned or when new
technology is being implemented, the environmental
consequences are evaluated in order to keep the ecological effects
as small as possible.
The second decisive factor was the fuel savings that can be
achieved with the coating. With Ecospeed the vessel will not have
to be repainted and this combined with regular maintenance will
keep the performance of the vessel at its optimum level, thereby
creating significant savings in fuel.
The ferry, which will sail between Harwich and Hoek van
Holland, is being built at two different locations. The application
of the coating is adapted to the building schedule and will
therefore also be carried out at both locations. It will be finished
after the blocks have been joined together, in time for its planned
delivery in 2010.
For further information contact:
Ecospeed coating on world's largest Ro-Pax ferry begins
Applying the Ecospeed application
PAINT and COATING developments
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