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Industry First Award for Intershield® 300

Published on 2008-02-06. Author : SpecialChem

Felling, U.K. -- International Paint Ltd. is proud to announce that the first Lloyd's Register IMO PSPC (Performance Standard for Protective Coatings) Type Approval Certificate has been awarded to Intershield® 300 - a unique abrasion resistant, aluminium pure epoxy coating, widely regarded as the industry benchmark in proven anticorrosive performance.

Mr. Mike Hindmarsh, Worldwide Marine Business Development Manager, International Paint said, "We have always supported the introduction of a standard that would help increase the service life of coatings for seawater ballast tanks and directly contribute to improved safety of life at sea. We're particularly pleased that the first Lloyd's Register Certificate has been awarded to our premium anticorrosive, Intershield 300 and are confident that with a proven, twenty year track record on over 5600 vessels, this product will continue to provide the very highest levels of newbuilding productivity and in service performance".

The PSPC and the Type Approval Certification process places new responsibilities on coatings manufacturers to ensure that all coatings designed for use in dedicated seawater ballast tanks in all types of ships and double side skin spaces of bulk carriers, meet strict performance requirements. To comply, coatings must either pass stringent laboratory testing or be subjected to inspection and confirmation that the coating has provided a minimum of five years 'Good' in service performance or that the coating has existing B1 Marintek approval. In addition to this, the coatings manufacturer must meet the approved supplier criteria for each supply location as set out in IACS UR Z17 and PR34. This includes the provision that if the manufacturer makes coatings in different locations under the same product name then infrared identification shall be used to demonstrate that the coating is of the same high quality and specification.

Only if these requirements are met will Lloyd's Register issue Type Approval Certification. Mr. David Howarth, Global Technology Leader, Lloyd's Register said, "Both organizations have taken a professional approach in working towards this approval which I believe has been the key to success in providing a practical solution to the application of the standard" The International Paint Technical Service Training Programme has also gained recognition from Lloyd's Register. Under the rules of the PSPC, all coating inspectors must either be qualified to NACE Coating Inspector Level 2, FROSIO Inspector Level III or an equivalent qualification. Equivalent means the successful completion, as determined by a qualified tutor, of an approved course based on the requirements of the PSPC that also has an acceptable measurement of performance e.g. an examination. After a thorough review, Lloyd's Register has accredited our Technical Service Training Programme with equivalent status to the NACE and FROSIO programmes. Accreditation was presented to International Paint by Mr. David Lloyd, Lloyd's Register Area Manager, Central U.K. and Ireland. The qualification is valid for all current International Paint technical service representatives who have completed training to the required level and who have a minimum of five years experience. Representatives remain qualified provided they continue to be employed by International Paint.

The PSPC is a new 'Performance Standard for Protective Coatings' for Dedicated Seawater Ballast Tanks of all Types of Ships and Double-Side Skin Spaces of Bulk Carriers. Formally adopted at the Marine Safety Committee meeting (MSC 82) in Istanbul on the 8th December 2006, the standard is the first of its kind and marks an important turning point in the protection of vessels from corrosion. The standard is applicable to newbuildings only and covers the protection of dedicated water ballast tanks. The standard will come into effect for all vessels over 500GT that are contracted on or after 1st July 2008, or if no contract, the keels of which are laid on or after 1st January 2009 or if delivery is on or after 1st July 2012. Timeframes for Tankers and Bulk Carriers covered by the Common Structural Rules (CSR) is any new vessel contracted on or after the adoption of the PSPC.

International Paint Ltd. is part of Akzo Nobel. Akzo Nobel is one of the world's leading industrial companies. We are the largest global coatings manufacturer and the number one in decorative paints and performance coatings, as well as being a major worldwide supplier of speciality chemicals. We employ around 68,000 people in more than 80 countries and are committed to developing innovative products and cutting-edge sustainable technologies. We endeavour to deliver whatever our customers require, wherever and whenever they need it. Based in the Netherlands, Akzo Nobel is a Fortune Global 500 company and is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. We are the Chemicals industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, as well as being included on the FTSE4Good Index. Pro forma combined revenues for 2006 totaled EUR15 billion. The financial results for the fourth quarter and full year will be published on March 6, 2008 (preliminary date).

Source: International Paint Ltd.

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