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MarineLine Receives Design Assessment Certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Advanced Polymer Coatings is announcing at SMM 2006 that the 100th ship has now been coated with MarineLine®, the unique tank lining system.

According to Donald J. Keehan, Chairman, Advanced Polymer Coatings, "SMM 2006 is the perfect venue to tell the industry that MarineLine® has met and exceeded their expectations for a protective tank coating. This is evidenced, first, by announcing the completion of the 100th ship now coated with MarineLine®, and second, by conveying that our company has undertaken a facility expansion this year to increase production capacity at our Avon, Ohio operation."

The 100th ship coated with MarineLine® is the 7,000 dwt Parki Victory, which is owned by Turkey's MedMarine Group. This newbuild has been built at the new Eregli Shipyard, Black Sea, in Turkey, which is owned by MedMarine, and which recently opened as one of Turkey's largest shipyards. MedMarine has vast experience in building tugs and sophisticated ice class chemical tankers. The Parki Victory is the first of five chemical tankers being constructed by MedMarine at the yard. Two additional 7,000 dwt tankers are being constructed, as well as two other 11,240 dwt tankers, and all will be coated with MarineLine®.

To accommodate for increasing demand, Advanced Polymer Coatings is now doubling the size of its production facilities in Avon, Ohio. This work, to be completed in 2006, will triple the current plant capacity in meeting the demand for MarineLine® coatings in the years ahead.

APC's Keehan says, "We are pleased to see that MarineLine® has been accepted as the preferred high performance coating by the chemical tanker industry and by the companies that employ these carriers. Not only is MarineLine® a favourite of many ship owners for its versatility, but the chemical companies are now requesting that their chemicals be transported in MarineLine®-coated tanks to ensure product purity from the time their liquid cargoes are loaded until unloading.