Metal Surfaces News

22 Jan 2019

Next Generation of Corrosion Inhibiting Fuel Additives

Photo courtesy of Cortec

Cortec has developed the next generation of VpCI fuel additives for more potent corrosion protection of fuel systems. Cortec VpCI-707 has been specially formulated to protect fuel tanks and systems from corrosion and sludge formation without damaging copper and aluminum. It is an option for keeping new and existing fuel tanks and systems in good condition during day-to-day operation and especially during vulnerable times such as intermittent operation, storage, or shipment. Other benefits of VpCI-707 are its improved water handling and good injector-cleaning capabilities.

02 Jun 2017

Submersible, Magnetic Robot Performs Hull Inspections

Photo: Deep Trekker

Canadian company Deep Trekker has launched a new inspection vehicle at Nor-Shipping 2017: the Deep Trekker DT640 Utility Crawler, the first three-wheeled vehicle of its kind. Equipped with an HD camera, magnetic wheels and a multitude of application specific add-ons, the Utility Crawler can perform an array of tasks, making it versatile and easy to deploy at a moment’s notice, the manufacturer said. The Utility Crawler, designed and built by Deep Trekker, is submersible to 50 meters…

13 Apr 2017

PPG Debuts New Coatings for Steel, Metal Applications

A tugboat underway with PPG PSX coatings. CREDIT: PPG

PPG has introduced PSX 800 and PSX 805 coatings for steel and metal surfaces, two next-generation products formulated with greater flexibility and hiding performance than competing polysiloxane coatings. According to PPG, the two new products feature improved flexibility, which enables them to withstand the cracking under stress commonly associated with difficult steel, tank exterior and building exterior applications. PSX 805 coating adds a durable satin-sheen finish that masks imperfections on metal surfaces.

12 Oct 2016

NYK Jointly Develops Innovative Anti-rust Agent

Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties Photo NYK

NYK and Agua Japan Co. Ltd. have jointly developed an innovative anti-rust agent to prevent iron and steel rust on vessels. The new agent, Marine Guard 100 (MG 100), has rust conversion properties, and paint containing the agent can be applied to metal surfaces. The anti-rust efficacy of MG 100 was verified during two and half years of testing on the deck, ballast tank,* piping, and other metal surfaces of an oceangoing coal carrier. The coal carrier used for the test is owned by NYK and its ship manager is Hachiuma Steamship Co. Ltd.

30 Nov 2015

Stern Tube Lubricating Options from PANOLIN

PANOLIN America, Inc. announced it is now offering customers more stern tube lubricating options. With the success of STELLA MARIS stern tube lubricant, PANOLIN said it found itself continually being asked about older vessel solutions. Older stern tube applications come with compatibility concerns. When upgrading to the new KEMEL or Wartsila Bio Seals, most customers are happy to fill with STELLA MARIS. But in the cases where customers don’t need to change seals or are happy with existing seal options, PANOLIN can offer STELLA MARIS NRT. This alternative formulation based on renewable technology meets additional Eco Labels along with a wider range of seal compatibility.

08 Sep 2015

Royal Purple Debuts New Line of EALs

The BioMax EAL Gear Oil creates an ionic bond that adheres to metal parts and forms a synthetic film on metal surfaces, improving lubrication and maintaining longer lasting results on marine hydraulic gears. (Image: Royal Purple)

Synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple has launched its all-new BioMax line of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL). Royal Purple said its BioMax Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants meet all environmental standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are Vessel General Permit (VGP) compliant for use in oil-to-sea interfaces in vessels measuring 79 feet or greater in length. All BioMax lubricants are formulated with Royal Purple’s base oils and proprietary advanced additive technology, Synerlec.

16 Dec 2014

Safety is Job One

Maritime safety products and systems can entail everything from a sophisticated integrated bridge system down to cleaning products for the galley. Here are a few recent introductions that appear particularly topical in the never-ending push for safer ships and crews. Under normal circumstances it would be hard to imagine a a mariner or rig worker who would want to be in the freefall lifeboat to the left, but in an emergency that blaze orange tube is likely the most beautiful ride at sea.

13 Nov 2014

Sulfur Regulations Spur Fuel-saving Technologies

Photo: Ab Nanol Technologies Oy

With many ship owners switching to marine gas oil (MGO) inside designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) as of January 1, 2015, the cost of fuel could rise by up to 50%, so all measures to reduce fuel consumption are vital. Research and field testing has shown that the latest developments in engine lubrication and unique marine energy management systems can add more than a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, proving that even the smallest modification at the right time can add up to big savings.

30 Oct 2014

Industrial Pressure Washers Kill Viruses

Image: Water Cannon

Water Cannon Pressure Washers deliver a wide swath of low pressure 180 degree F. hot (Hot Water Heater required at water source) or ambient temperature water injected with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) and calcium hypochlorite (bleach powder). This application for 10 minutes on concrete, brick, stone or metal surfaces will kill viruses including influenza (repeat if needed). Water Cannon products, which are already used extensively in the poultry industry to fight avian flu, can be used indoors powered by an electric motor.

25 Nov 2013

VGP-Compliant Stern Tube Lubricant

Water in oil lubricated systems is undesirable. In a perfect installation, there would be no seal damage or water ingress, but vessel owners encounter this all the time. Panolin's Stella Maris stern tube lubricant is based on 100% saturated synthetic ester technology with the most effective performance enhancing additives. This fully synthetic ISO VG 68, 100, 150 and 220 Stella Maris stern tube lubricant provides biodegradability and superior lubricity to protect metal surfaces, while meeting new 2013 VGP requirements. Stella Maris is not an emulsifying lubricant. It readily separates from water. The few emulsifying properties, approximately 800-1…

11 Sep 2013

Satellite Radar

 David Beard BSc  CPhys MInstP

With the ocean moving more than 90% of world commerce, keeping it secure is of vital importance – yet our ability to monitor activity at sea is somewhat more challenging than on land given the vastness of the oceans. Also many maritime monitoring systems rely on ships to ‘opt-in’, that can leave potentially risky blind spots in our picture of maritime traffic. This article, derived from a presentation that David Beard of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory gave at the recent DMC and NovaSAR International Conference…

09 Oct 2011

Norton Abrasives Discs Provide Faster/Longer Life

New Norton Abrasives Non-Woven Right Angle Discs for Stripping and Blending Provide Faster Cutting and Longer Life. Saint-Gobain Abrasives (October 6, 2011) – Norton, the world’s largest abrasives brand and leader in metal fabrication abrasive products for over 125 years, today announced the introduction of a new non-woven depressed center stripping and light stock removal disc. Norton SG Blaze® Rapid Strip™ (http://www.nortonindustrial.com/NonWoven-Discs-BlazeRapidStrip.aspx) features the combination of Norton’s proprietary SG ceramic alumina grain and an open…

30 Sep 2011

Cortec's EcoLine Coatings Replace Toxic Mineral Oils

EcoLine 3220 and EcoLine 3690 are biobased and biodegradable coatings; developed to replace traditional oil based rust preventatives. Both products are designed for extended temporary protection of multimetals, and if needed could be easily removed using a biobased Ecoline Surface Cleaner/Degreaser, eliminating expensive disposal costs associated with oils. They provide excellent corrosion protection while being environmentally safe and completely non-hazardous. EcoLine 3220/3690 are improved replacements for flammable solvents and petroleum-based products which will continue to escalate in price. They are functionally superior and cost efficient, and at the same time completely safe to work with. They conform to NACE Standard RP0487-2000.

24 Aug 2011

Larson Electronics Releases New LED Spotlight Light

Larson Electronics' Magnalight.com has announced the release of the HML-5M-LED Handheld LED Spotlight with magnetic base designed to provide reliable and powerful illumination under tactical and professional conditions. Producing 3,600 lumens and pulling only 1.6 amps on 24 volts, this handheld LED spotlight is based on Magnalight's proven HML series of military spotlights that have seen use in Iraq and Afghanistan as a part of the Military's Escalation of Force Kits. Operating on any voltage from 9 to 32VDC…

07 Jul 2011

New Eco-Corr Film

Eco-Corr Film® is a biobased and biodegradable film utilizing Cortec's patented VpCI® technology. It is the first 100% biodegradable VCI film in the world, designed to provide tensile strength, tear resistance, and elongation. It is certified under DIN CERTCO DIN EN 13432 (Europe) and Biodegradable Products Institute ASTM D6400 (USA), as well as heat and water stable. Eco-Corr Film® is designed to provide contact, barrier, and Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) protection for up to two years.

01 Jul 2010

The Marine Industry and LNG

Several years ago many people in the marine industry either did not know about LNG or did not think that it would amount to anything worth more than a passing interest. At that time there were just four LNG import terminals in the and even they were underutilized. Today there are eight LNG import terminals in operation with two more slated for their first “cool down” shipments this year or early next year. In addition there is an LNG facility in just over the boarder where companies are also operation.

21 Jul 2004

UltraStrip Japan Joint Venture Agreement Completed

UltraStrip Systems, Inc. announced that all documentation for its joint venture agreement with Kyokuto Boeki Kaisha, Ltd., Ihara Company, Ltd., Chiba Marine Yokohama Company, Ltd., Shuwa Kaiun Kaisha, Ltd., and Kamimura International Associates, LLC. has been completed. UltraStrip Japan, Ltd. will introduce UltraStrip’s patented, robotic M3500 water jetting system into the Japanese market. The M3500 is used for the surface preparation of metal surfaces, such as commercial and naval ship repair, storage, and fuel tanks. The Agreement calls for UltraStrip Japan to immediately lease one automated system. UltraStrip Systems, Inc. is a 49.9% partner in the Tokyo based joint venture. Stephen R.

12 Jun 2000

Lubricant Technology Proven Tough Under Fire

When Texaco, now represented in the marine lubricants market by FAMM (Fuel and Marine Marketing), launched Taro 40 XL 40, the lubricant was designed to address pressing field problems in medium speed engines. Three years later FAMM is in a position to evaluate the performance in a large number of engines and to compare the field results with competitive lubricants. The pressing problems arose from a series of engine design and fuel processing changes. Although aimed at improving engine efficiency and making savings, the changes resulted in a series of difficulties. The best known are engine blackening, undercrown deposits, piston head corrosion, fouling of purifier heaters, increased oil consumption, base number depletion, oil scraper ring clogging and increased piston deposits.

12 Feb 2003

Gotar: Keeping Ships Clean From the Inside

With a number of recent disease scares aboard cruise ships, the mandate to get and stay clean is monumental. The company, whose headquarters are based in Quebec, Canada, also operates an R&D Production unit out of Saguenay, Quebec, and a U.S. office in Houston (Friendswood), Texas. Manufacturing a diversified variety of cleaning products with a large range of applications, the company features a selection of products, such as deoxidizers that eliminate lime and calcium buildup; degreasers that remove organic matter, oil residues and carbon deposits; and other formulas developed for a variety of metal surfaces. Gotar's products are touted as non-toxic, biodegradable and cost-effective, while extending equipment's life cycle.

10 Mar 2003

Coatings & Corrosion Control: Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)

Recently, the use of certain environmental-friendly waxes or "semi-hard coatings", used by barge fabricators to protect the internal void walls and floors of marine double-hulled steel barges from corrosion, have fallen under scrutiny by some barge owners/operators. It is believed that certain paraffin wax coatings act as a food source for certain living corrosive microorganisms. These single-celled organisms are associated with a phenomenon known as Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) that can cause localized pitting and eventually leaks in steel barge voids. This following examines the biological and chemical research that has recently been performed on the Jotun Paints, Inc, "beeswax" coating by two independent laboratories.

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