MARCH 5, 2015 — Interline 9001, an advanced cargo tank coating from AkzoNobel's International marine coating range, is being applied to 18 chemical tankers currently currently under construction by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard for Navig8 Chemical Tankers, Inc.
In addition to the 37,000 dwt newbuilds at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Navig8 has selected Interline 9001 for a further four 49,000 dwt vessels under construction at South Korea's STX shipyard,
Navig8 selected Interline 9001 to deliver operational benefits that include delivering maximum operational flexibility.
Interline 9001 is a bimodal epoxy coating for the cargo tanks of chemical tankers.
With enhanced cargo resistance, near zero absorption for many cargoes and fewer cycling restrictions, Interline 9001 simplifies the carriage of a wide range of liquid cargoes, optimizing vessel earning potential.Interline 9001 can carry all of the cargoes standard epoxy phenolic technology can, plus a further 25% of the large volume cargoes that the standard product cannot, and has over 60% fewer cycling restrictions. Its low cargo absorption profile reduces the risk of contamination between cargoes and combined with its smooth, glossy surface, can cut cleaning time and materials by up to 70% compared to standard epoxy phenolics or zinc silicates. With reduced cleaning requirements comes a corresponding reduction in fuel and CO2 emissions. In addition, a low volatile organic content (VOC) and 80% volume solids helps to enhance operator environmental profile.
Andy Hopkinson, Business Development Manager for AkzoNobel's marine coatings business said: "We are delighted to be working so closely with Navig8 on this significant project which signals strongly the market need to adopt new technology and react to the ever tightening cleaning requirements and need for maximum earnings with minimum cost. Contract activity around Interline 9001 has risen significantly and Navig8's commitment and confidence in the product will lead the way for many owners to reach the same conclusion. The benefits of the bimodal epoxy technology certainly suit Navig8's operational model where capacity optimization through reduced cleaning time and carriage flexibility combined with maximum protection for customer's sophisticated cargoes is high on the agenda. Interline 9001 really is the only technology on the market which offers these benefits in combination with clear and concise operational guidance.