MARINELINE® & CHEMLINE® COATINGS FOR INDUSTRY

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MarineLine enjoys fantastic success in Turkish Shipyards
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The country of Turkey and the MarineLine® coating system have something very much in common: growth.

To meet the growing demand for shipbuilding activity in Turkey, Advanced Polymer Coatings opened MarineLine Turkey in 2001 and the product has since been used in more than 23 Turkish shipyards.

This image shows the heat curing of the MarineLine® tank coating system, developed by US-based Advanced Polymer Coatings as an alternative to building tanks of expensive stainless steel or having to employ restricted use epoxy coatings in lining the tanks of chemical tankers.

Turkey has become one of the world’s most promising shipbuilding countries, with an important emphasis on building cargo and specialty tanker ships. In 2007, it is estimated Turkey’s shipbuilding exports reached US$2 billion, a significant increase from US$1.4 billion in the previous year, making Turkey the world’s fourth largest shipbuilding country.

Many Turkish shipyards focus on high-value, made-to-order ships, especially in the chemical tanker sector. These smaller ships are typically not readily available from the larger-scale builders in China, South Korea, and Japan.

The MarineLine® tank coating system, developed for lining the tanks of chemical carriers, has been a natural fit into Turkey’s shipbuilding strategy. MarineLine®, which is based on a tightly cross-linked polymer system, is marketed by Advanced Polymer Coatings (Avon, Ohio, U.S.A.) to offer shipyards and shipowners an innovative alternative to building tanks of expensive stainless steel or having to employ restricted-use epoxy coatings. MarineLine® can be coated onto the less-costly carbon steel tanks and then heat-cured to form a uniquely protective system that allows for the safe, pure transport of all IMO-approved chemical cargoes, as well as edible oils and other liquids.

It has proven to be a winning formula.

MarineLine® has shown its effectiveness and flexibility. Today, hundreds of ships have been coated in shipyards throughout the world, including many of the specialty chemical transport ships built in Turkey. The first ship coated in Turkey occurred in 2001 and within just four years, MarineLine® celebrated its milestone 50th ship coated there.

To meet the growing demand for shipbuilding activity in Turkey, Advanced Polymer Coatings opened MarineLine Turkey in 2001, and later established a Regional Office in Tuzla. From this location, logistics are arranged for more than 40 shipyards throughout Turkey performing MarineLine® spray application and heat-curing. These shipyards dot the Turkish coastlines, and during the past several years have included: Aykin, Celiktekne, Celiktrans, Cicek, Dearsan, Desan, Eregli, Gemtis, Gemyat, Gisan, Grand Canaria, Marmara, RMK, Sahincelik, Selah, Tersan, Torgem, Torlak, Türkter, TVK, Usmed, Yardimici, and Yildirim.

The MarineLine® operation in Turkey currently employs 20 people to service the region. These personnel offer expertise in inspection and heat cure as well as years of experience working onboard vessels as masters and officers. This experience enables them to work with shipowners on their tank cleaning, tank coating evaluation, repairs, and commercial efficiency in ship operations, in order to create a unique partnership with the ship owner and shipyard to ensure long term benefits of MarineLine®.

 

‘Letizia Effe’, with MarineLine®-coated tanks, was built by Turkey’s Soli Shipyard and launched in early 2008.

The modern, versatile ‘Duzgit Integrity’ — another MarineLine®-coated tanker — was launched and delivered by Duzgit Gemi Insa Sanayi in 2008.