An ABS, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group and the Marshall Islands Registry joint development project creates a coating needing just one application
ABS, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI Group) and the Marshall Islands Registry (MIR) have completed a joint development project to create an environmentally friendly, solvent-free coating for water ballast tanks that only requires one coat.
ABS completed the product design assessment on the epoxy paint, while MIR granted the system approval in principle (AiP).
The system is designed to offer shipowners equivalent corrosion prevention performance and reduced costs, when compared to traditional two-coat systems, while ensuring compliance with international regulations.
“Protection of the marine environment is at the heart of the ABS mission and we are pleased to partner with HHI Group and the Marshall Islands Registry on the one-coat system of high solid volume ratio eco-friendly epoxy paints,” said ABS vice president, regional business development Darren Leskoski.
HHI Group senior vice president Hwansik Lee said “Following the global trends of eco-friendliness in the shipbuilding industry, acquiring this AiP will not only contribute to the technological development in the marine coating market, but also maximise the satisfaction of our clients around the globe.”
Marshall Islands Registry deputy commissioner of maritime affairs Tom Blenk said, “IMO Resolution MSC.215(82) allows for the acceptance of alternative systems at least equivalent to the standard specified therein.”
“This product is also a win in its dramatic reduction of volatile organic compounds which is good news for our environmentally conscientious shipowning community,” he concluded.
Vessel performance and optimisation is the focus of Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week 7-11 December 2020.