Shipowner Navig8 is progressing application of Interline9001, an advanced cargo tank coating from AkzoNobel’s International marine coating product range, on a series of 18 chemical tankers currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea.
According to the coating’s manufacturer, Navig8 selected its Interline9001 to deliver operational benefits for the 37,000 dwt vessels, providing increased vessel capacity and maximum operational flexibility required to meet increased market demand for large volume contract of affreightment. In addition to the coating upgrades at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Navig8 has selected Interline9001 for a further four 49,000 dwt vessels under construction at STX shipyard, also in South Korea.
Interline9001 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, Interline9001 simplifies the carriage of a wide range of liquid cargoes.
AkzoNobel said Interline9001 can carry all of the cargoes standard epoxy phenolic technology can, plus a further 25% of the large volume cargoes that it cannot, and has over 60% fewer cycling restrictions. Additionally, 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.