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Daewoo Pioneers Intersleek at Newbuilding

Published on 2005-09-02. Author : SpecialChem

Felling, UK -- International Paint are proud to announce the successful completion of the first Intersleek foul release coating application at newbuilding in Korea.

Pioneered by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea and International Paint (Korea) Ltd. (IPK), the sides, rudder and propeller of DSME hull number 2228, a 145,700 cbm LNG Carrier scheduled for delivery in October 2005 for Greek operator Maran Gas, were successfully coated with Intersleek during the vessels pre-delivery drydocking.

Prior to the docking, and after a long period of technical consultation with all involved parties, IPK hosted several 'Intersleek Training Classes' to fully prepare the shipyard, contractors and owner personnel for this first application. A small number of guest dignitaries including Naval Architecture Professors from Busan National University were also present but otherwise security at the shipyard was particularly tight. Mr. OS Kang, General Manager, Marine & Protective Coatings, IPK, said, "The success of this application is seen as a potential turning point in overcoming the practical difficulties in applying silicone based coatings at newbuilding. Hopefully this application will herald a new era in shipbuilding and coating methodology".

A spokesman for DSME said, "Even though there were difficulties during the process, we completed the work successfully. DSME has strengthened its competitiveness in LNG newbuildings by meeting owners requirements and applying high technology foul release coatings".

Mr. OS Kang added, "Two further LNG's for Maran Gas are to be coated with Intersleek at pre-delivery docking in DSME and, if similarly successful, will ease the way for the growing number of newbuilding owners wanting this very special coating system installed at newbuilding".

International Paint Ltd. is part of the Akzo Nobel group of companies. Akzo Nobel, based in the Netherlands, serves customers throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings, and chemicals. Consolidated sales for 2004 totalled EUR 12.7 billion. For the second quarter of 2005, net income of EUR 182 million was up 22% on the corresponding period of 2004. For the first half of 2005, net income was up 66% to EUR 469 million. The company currently employs approximately 61,000 people in more than 80 countries.

International Paint (Korea) Ltd. (IPK) was originally formed in 1980 as a 50:50 joint venture between International Paint and the Daihan Ink and Paint Manufacturing Company, (currently DPI Co. Ltd. (Korea)). In 2002, International Paint increased its share in the joint venture to 60:40 as well as acquiring 100% ownership of the Chilseo factory. IPK currently employs over 300 people.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) was originally established in 1978 at Okpo Bay, Geoje Island, South Korea on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula. The company has developed into the world's premium specialized shipbuilding and offshore contractor building commercial vessels, offshore platforms, drilling rigs, floating oil production units, submarines, and destroyers. DSME employ approximately 1,500 design and R&D personnel and more than 10,000 skilled workers.

Intersleek 700 foul release systems do not use biocides to control fouling on the ship's underwater hull. They provide a slippery, low friction surface onto which fouling organisms have difficulty settling. Any that do settle, normally do so only weakly and can usually be easily removed by simple wiping / washing or by the vessel moving through the water at speed. Environmental benefits include no leaching of biocides into the sea, reduced wash water treatment costs at drydock, no restrictions on worldwide application and a lower VOC, <340 g/lt, ( Volatile Organic Content ) than most biocide containing antifoulings. Performance benefits include control of fuel efficiency and speed, control of maintenance costs, control of coatings system weight (copper free), effective in all waters, excellent colour retention and the surface remains smooth if not subjected to abrasion or mechanical damage.

Source: International Paint Ltd.


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