Interline 9001 cargo tank coating is making significant inroads into the market for several reasons. The product is more robust to handle more types of chemical cargoes and provides greater operational flexibility than traditional phenolic epoxies, broadening the range of cargoes that can be carried. In addition, Interline 9001 is proving attractive because of AkzoNobel’s global network of trained and experienced technical service representatives (TSRs). These experts are permanently on hand in key locations to ensure that the product is handled safely and applied correctly, under the right conditions. They also provide guidance on the most appropriate operational procedures for the project.
With over 500 TSRs, this ongoing support is an invaluable component of the service, which we provide. Typically, TSRs are permanently stationed at key building and repair facilities around the world, and experts are also made available at specific locations when the need arises.
Solution in practice
A number of owners have opted to replace existing coatings with Interline 9001. They have been persuaded by a combination of positive feedback on Interline 9001, increased ship efficiency resulting from easier cleaning, and support from TSRs.
One recent newbuilding project, in particular, demonstrates how Interline 9001 is gaining ground. Spanish chemical tanker operator, Marflet Marine, has chosen Interline 9001 for two newbuildings just built at 3.Maj Brodogradilište and fitted out at Uljanik Pula in Croatia. The deal has involved application of the coating to eighteen cargo tanks and two slop tanks on board the recently delivered Panagia Thalassini, with the same requirement for a sister vessel Santiago I, due for delivery soon. If the coating meets expectations, other ships in the Spanish owner’s six-ship fleet could well have tank coating upgrades when drydockings fall due.