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New Temporary Protection System Gains Ground In Maritime Industry

and wall protection system developed to specifically solve the unique problems encountered in marine refurbishment work and new ship construction. MegaFilm was designed to protect all surfaces from light to heavy construction traffic areas, while providing safe, non-slip walking. It also doubles as a vertical bulkhead, wall and equipment protective covering. MegaFilm's design has a series of raised pyramids embossed into its surface which helps anchor the material and makes it non-slip to worker and pedestrian traffic. On the reverse side the pyramids are recessed, which when the material is overlapped and taped, produces an interlocked trip-free seam. This simple method saves time and effort during installation, and reportedly increases safety. MegaFilm is made from special flame retardant polyethylene materials resulting in a flexible, lightweight and durable membrane that is reportedly fast and easy to install and remove. MegaFilm is also waterproof, oil, solvent and paint resistant.

MegaFilm is available in four different thickness grades and in standard widths of three- and six-feet. Roll sizes are kept to manageable weights. MegaFilm can be custom printed with company logos and safety warning messages. The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command has given official approval for the use of MegaFilm on naval ships during refurbishment and for new construction. MegaFilm is now widely specified by many leading cruise lines who have seen the virtues of using this new system. Companies such as Cunard, Princess, Kloster, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Chandris are just a few companies that now use this system. When Cunards' Queen Elizabeth II went aground off the Massachusetts coast last summer, MegaFilm was specified and used to Yarrow Shipbuilder's warship/frigate being externally protected with MegaFilm.

protect the ship from workmen activity while temporary repairs were made.

Kloster Cruise Ltd.'s vessel Dreamward was recently completed by Chantiers de l'Atlantique and was protected by MegaFilm in its finishing stages. Kloster also specifies MegaFilm for use in refurbishment of its existing vessels. Holland America Line's vessel "Maasdam," under construction by Fincantieri, is using MegaFilm for temporary protection of interior finishes. The product has found uses on a variety of vessels including ferries, yachts, research vessels, tankers, cargo ships and gas carriers.

MegaFilm's use has not been restricted to the maritime industry. The product is also being used extensively within the construction industry on projects from oil rig accommodation modules to hotels, shopping malls and office buildings. For more information on MegaFilm,

 
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